Nothing we have seen is a true novelty in the market, it is nothing more than things similar to what we had seen so far, although with a new point of view, and in some cases a new point of view that is not entirely correct . A speaker that attaches to the smartphone and makes it sound louder. A projector that is fixed to the smartphone, and even a housing, we can also call this a module. A case that I prefer to do without so that my mobile is thinner, by the way. External speakers, not very useful projects, and even the future camera that would be incorporated into the Moto Mods catalog. Little news here. We have already seen the external cameras from Sony, whose function is similar, and whose finish does not change much. One thing must also be said. At least the Lenovo camera could be a quality camera that offers something different from the mobile camera, not like the LG module for the camera, which in the end only adds a few buttons and a better grip.
When we started talking about real modular mobiles it was with Project Ara. A project, by the way, by Motorola, after the purchase of Phone Bloks, and when it was still part of Google. The user had, or will have, if the project really comes to fruition, the possibility of choosing the screen, the camera, the memory, the processor, the battery, and even to replace these modules with others with more battery, more memory , a better camera, or do without some of them to compensate for others. For example, less memory, or even do without the camera, to have a battery with twice the capacity. That was the idea of a modular mobile. But I don’t know if we can accept as modular a battery that is fixed to a smartphone, because after all there are cases that have precisely that same function, and we have never called them modules.
Maybe the future will take away my reason
Of course, perhaps it is the future that takes my reason away. And it is possible. I actually see how it could happen. The two companies, LG and Lenovo, have plans for modules to be developed by other developers. Perhaps here the initiative of other companies can be the key to creating true innovations. But just maybe. In fact, I would like it to be so, but I don’t think it will. It’s difficult for a third company to decide to contribute to the company building in front of it when yours is unfinished. I only see one real option for the success of modular mobiles.
An Open-Source project
Modular mobiles must be like Android. It cannot be that each manufacturer has its own modular system, its own connectors … so we can never have really useful modules. Nobody will want to design and manufacture modules for different mobiles. And even more so when next year’s mobile, the LG G6 or the Moto Z2, may not be compatible with these modules. However, let’s imagine that everything is managed by Google, and that it establishes a project of modular mobiles that manufacturers can integrate into their smartphones. Module developers would launch modules that could be used in smartphones of all brands, and Google would be in charge of establishing generations, because always times when some modules will no longer be compatible. But this will be known the same as it is known when a mobile does not update to a new version.
I think it is the only way for modular mobiles. The idea is good, yes. But I also believe that smart watches are very close to starting to replace smartphones, and that they will become established before these modular phones are successful. If I had to make a statement, I would say that modular mobiles will be the latest great innovation in the world of mobiles that will never become a reality. Maybe I’m wrong.