The Puzzlephone Modular Phone Competes with Google's Project Ara, Designed in Nokia's Hometown

Riding on the wave of interest in modular smartphone platforms created by the Phonebloks

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Riding on the wave of interest in modular smartphone platforms created by the Phonebloks initiative and Google’s Project Ara, Finland-based Circular Devices is developing an alternative take on the concept called the Puzzlephone. Based in Espoo, the birthplace of Nokia, Circular Devices espouses a phone design that is composed of three main interchangeable components: the Spine encompasses the LCD screen, speakers and basic structure, the Heart includes the battery and secondary electronics, and the Brain contains the processor and camera. Based on open-source standards, the phone’s software would run off of a forked version of Android, while third-party manufacturers would create compatible hardware components to slot into the phone. Slated to be released as a mid-range model in mid-2015, follow the phone’s developmental progress at its website.

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