Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 4 2014
Look out Google, there's a new kid in town! Move aside Project Ara the Finns are at it again. Although very similar in principle, you can't help thinking that what ever this Scandinavian consortium come up with, one thing's for sure - it's going to look good! As is their way, the Finnish like to place simplicity at the forefront, which in this case means fewer swappable components. The phone has only three parts; 'The Brain' (processor and camera), 'The Heart' (battery), and 'The Spine" (chassis and screen) - far less compared to Project Ara, which calls for three times as many in their current iteration.
It is not known which flavor of operating system Circular Devices, the makers of Puzzlephone, will plump for. Most likely contenders are Android, Windows Phone, Sailfish OS or Firefox OS.
The idea behind both initiatives is to extend the shelf-life of smartphones to around ten years as apposed to the length of an average contract, which in most cases is only around 2-3 years. This is great for the environment but maybe not so fantastic for handset OEMs.
For those of you who are hankering for one of these eco-friendly Finnish phones, I'm afraid you'll have to wait until this time next year.
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