The modular smartphone ambition of a number of corporations virtually reached a lifeless finish after Google shut its Venture Ara initiative final 12 months. Now, Fb is reportedly exploring methods to get into the enterprise, and it would contain the modular smartphone route. Furthermore, Fb’s modular smartphone is reportedly being constructed by Constructing eight group which incorporates many former Google Venture Ara group members.
Enterprise Insider has noticed a patent software revealed by Fb which describes a “modular electromechanical” machine that may home a contact show, GPS functionality, speaker, microphone, and might make calls.
The patent doc describes the machine as assortment of assorted embodiments of a modular electromechanical machine together with chassis and a plurality of practical modules that may be linked to the chassis. It provides that “every module is related to a distinct performance.” The patent software reveals that the Constructing eight group is answerable for the brand new patent. Notably, the patent software factors that the machine might be seen in cellphone or speaker class. The patent reveals schematics for the brand new machine, and it does not appear like a cellphone. Nonetheless, the parts seen within the picture appear like modular in nature. We are able to safely assume that the machine in patent software is only a reference design.
Sadly, there isn’t any phrase whether or not the brand new is a cellphone or a brand new class altogether. In April final 12 months, Fb employed Google’s Regina Dugan who ran the corporate’s Superior Know-how and Tasks (ATAP) division. Dugan is now heading the Constructing eight group.
One other excerpt from the patent notes, “Usually, the parts included within the client electronics which can be thought of ‘outdated’ are nonetheless useable. Nonetheless, the parts can now not be re-used since client electronics are designed as closed programs. From a client potential, the life cycle of standard client electronics is dear and wasteful.” Furthermore, the brand new Fb patent was filed in January 2017 and granted on Thursday.