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This behind-the-scenes history of the once-promising, interchangeable and sectional smartphone, Ara, chronicles the demise of a great idea that almost made it to market. Telling more than just a story about the development of a piece of innovative hardware, Venture Beat executive editor and tech journalist Harrison Weber constructs a cautionary tale of pass-the-baton leadership, marketing timing and corporate complexities. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Motorola’s customizable Ara modular phone was first introduced,
  • What tribulations Ara suffered during its development, and
  • How changing company ownership and leadership affected the progress and demise of Project Ara.
 

About the Author

Harrison Weber is a syndicated journalist and the executive editor of Venture Beat. He writes about technology. 

 

Summary

In 2013, Dave Hakkens posted a concept video about his idea for Phonebloks and the Internet lit up with enthusiasm. It was supposed to be a phone made up of “blocks” – each with different functions – that could be customized and changed at the will of the consumer. As it happened, Motorola had been working under the radar on a similar idea but was not yet ready to announce it to the world. Hakkens’s video changed Motorola’s plans, and within two days it announced Project Ara. Motorola intended Ara to be an affordable smartphone that was modular and customizable in both appearance and function.


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