A modular smartphone is a cellphone that is assembled from discrete parts, so-called “modules”. The idea of the modular smartphones is to upgrade or replace the phone’s parts individually according to user’s needs and preferences. Such parts might include a camera, processor, internal storage, battery, screen and all kinds of sensors. This may save a lot of money to consumers, because modular phone users won’t need to buy a new device to keep up with the trend.
Modular phone concept started to earn popularity after the Dutch designer Dave Hakkens has announced Phonebloks concept in September 2013. The name Phonebloks was picked up because the concept assumed that the phone would be built from Lego-like blocks, which users could easily change. Nowadays mostly everything related to modular phones is associated with the Google’s Project Ara.