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Project Ara challenger Puzzlephone should launch in the second half of next year

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Project Ara challenger Puzzlephone should launch in the second half of next year
Google's modular Project Ara handset appears to have another challenger on the way. The appropriately named Puzzlephone will give users the option to change three parts of the handset. The Brain is where the electronics of the phone will live, including the camera. Want a better snapper on your Puzzlephone? Simply snap out the current Brain and snap in a new one.

The Spine is where you will find the speakers, microphone and display. And the Heart is where you will find the Puzzlephone's battery. The modular handset is being built by Finnish startup Circular Devices. A forked version of Android will drive the phone. Eventually, the device will support other platforms, like Windows Phone, Sailfish and Firefox OS.

Puzzlephone is expected to launch sometime during the second half of 2015, priced the same as a mid-range smartphone. You might not get the full customization of Project Ara, but you still will have choices to make. One decision you'll have to make, is whether you want a modular phone without the Google Play Store.


source: Puzzlephone via PhoneBloks, AndroidandMe

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posted on 01 Dec 2014, 23:01 4

1. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


"Hey, what phone is that?"
"It's a Puzzlephone!"
Lol, that sounds pretty pathetic if you ask me...

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 23:06 1

2. greenelektron (Posts: 529; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Hmm. Lets see

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 23:45

3. AmitMajumder (Posts: 178; Member since: 21 May 2012)


The device looks more like a phone than the ARA devices

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 08:05

9. buccob (Posts: 2495; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


which seems to also makes it less modular than ARA devices...

Puzzlephones seems to only have 2, maybe 3 modules... screen and 2 on the back... (maybe you can disassemble them further, IDK)

Anyway I would rather have them make cool ARA modules than a competitor that ties you to its own.

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 00:15 1

4. Settings (Posts: 1448; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


More choices, more fun!

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 00:38

5. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1981; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


its going to great swapping in a 16mp from 13mp one.

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 01:02

6. vivek_ananda (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


reminds of Puzzle bar in HIMYM :)

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 04:57

7. garlic456 (Posts: 251; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


How can this be a "challange" for the Ara Project?

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 07:05

8. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Not sure since Ara project hasn't even push out any phone to the market yet

posted on 03 Dec 2014, 10:34

10. jack123 (Posts: 180; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


I hope they will come up better name which more attractive but simple.
if anybody hold a phone called PuzzlePhone, the others would make a joke and said "Hey! your phone look nice and what's it call again? puzzi phone?.

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