Google's Project Ara

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    Proof will be in the pudding.
     
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    Not surprised Sam hates the idea, given what he's said in the fragmentation thread and this:
    Infinite opportunity for exterior modifications might make Sam's head explode. :)
     
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    Well, lets look at this as if it becomes a success. Who is that good for?For google for sure, anyone using Android as opposed to other OS is best. Tho they still make money from services and ads.Not the carriers. This tech has the potential to REALLY screw up the subsidized market. If you keep upgrading components what do you need a contract for?Not Samsung. But maybe Samsung too. This gives EVERYONE a chance to reset and see who can make the best individual components. Or THE LEAST EXPENSIVE. Or weirdest. Or coolest. Samsung might do well with components but it opens the door.What consumers benefit? Scoble and his ilk of 'give me the newest weirdest stuff even if its partly broken'. Consumers looking for cheap upgrades of dubious benefit when not taken as a whole system. Average consumers will be bewildered and will buy the best group of stuff that works together and wonder why. Drivers -could- be an issue. Malware vectors -could- be an issue. Maybe it will be drop in and forget it unicorns and icecream. I remain skeptical but it could happen.Ultimately I don't see the real benefit for consumers unless you are already in the mega-tweaker mindset already... And that's a pretty small market.
     
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    Yep. People no longer build custom PCs nor do they upgrade them. Everyone is buying laptops. Cars, the same. I don't see modular phones being more than a trivial niche.
     
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    I built one, and upgraded it not long ago with an additional hard drive.
     
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    You are one of very few.compared to the total market for PCs.
     
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