PuzzlePhone – New Project Ara Competitor
Google’s Project Ara isn’t the only hope for phones with replaceable and upgradeable parts. Finland’s Circular Devices is developing an alternative concept called the Puzzlephone, which breaks the handset down into three constituent elements. The phone’s Spine provides the LCD, speakers and basic structure, its Heart contains the battery and secondary electronics, and its Brain has the processor and camera modules.
Formally founded in September of this year and based in Espoo, the home of Nokia, the company behind the Puzzlephone has been working on the project since 2013 and is approaching the stage where it can produce working prototypes. Circular Devices plans to release the first Puzzlephone at a mid-range price in the second half of 2015, provided it can secure the funding and support to make it a reality. Focusing on setting open source standards, the company would use a forked version of Google’s Android OS to start with, but will look to support other alternatives while defining a consistent hardware spec for third-party phone manufacturers.