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An Overview of Modular Phones 


Mobile devices have given us a world of portability and dynamic communication. It's like being flung into a new era; modern communication has dramatically changed. 


We engage in social media platforms and turn to the likes of Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on the events in our world. The modern smartphone has made it easier than ever before to catch up with just about anyone around the world, anywhere and at any given time. 


Technology has not only inspired a new age of communication but also a new era of hand-held mobile devices that are smart and versatile. Nothing echoes this concept more than the modular phone. 


Modular phones at their very core are interchangeable smartphones that gives the user the power to build and recreate a device moulded around your needs for the day or a specific period. Obviously the modular phone is still a concept at this moment in time but projects like Ara from Google could see the modular phone put into production very soon. 


The Building Blocks Of Modular Phones 


So, what are modular phones? At its core, a modular phone is a smart phone that makes use of modules or building blocks, much like LEGO to build and customize a device tailor made to the users direct needs. 


What this means is that you would literally be able to build your own smartphone with the core components you want in a phone, and this could make playing the online slots Canada has to offer even better than ever if you tailor make your custom device. Attach a camera and a speaker, or remove the camera and beef up your phones sound with a bigger speaker. The end result is entirely up to you. 


The Tech Advantage Of Modular Phones


As technology improves and advances, so do smart phones. There's a constant need to upgrade your device to enjoy the full benefits on offer. 


Much like updating your mobile operating software, you need to upgrade your device every few years as old technology gets left behind rapidly. 


Modular phones would bridge this gap for users, allowing you to upgrade the components on your smart phone; rather than upgrading the entire device, which can prove costly. 


Versatility And Diversity 


Modular phones could offer users an exciting mobile experience because of their versatility and diversity. Even though at their core structure all modular phones are the same, the way you can customize the device is entirely up to the user. 


It's an expression of your personal style and needs. This in itself already leaves the mobile market on its head because at this stage all smart phones are basically doing the exact same thing. The core functions are the same, the only things that really differ are the phones specs and operating system. 


Modular phones would create a base and it would be entirely up to the user to build up a phone suited to personal needs, much like building your own desktop computer; only this one fits in the palm of your hand for on the go computing and communication. 


The Truth Behind Project Ara 


Originally Project Ara was supposed to have given users a future proof phone that could be built and interchanged. Project Ara's smart modular phone looks like it's going to disappoint a lot of people because the device will already have all the components built in and offer users a handful of add on components that can only be bought from the develop, which is Google.


What Project Ara does promise though is better versatility with add on modules including a camera, a speaker, an E-Ink display, which is like a kindle screen and an expanded memory module. 


Even though these don't seem all to exhilarating; it's a start and more components could be hitting the market in the very near future. It also makes your smartphone more versatile than standard iPhones and Samsung devices.


Samsung link

 

SamsungTomorrow has just published an Infographic that shows the ideas and uses of "Samsung Level Link" which is a small Bluetooth fob that can wireless audio stream to anything from headphones to cars.

 

The idea is pretty simple a switch tells the Level Link if it's transmitting or receiving, then you just have to plug in the old-fashioned 3.5mm audio jack.

 

When acting as a receiver, it lets you stream audio from sources that lack Bluetooth functionality your favorite corded headset or your car's stereo. The transmitter functionality has potential too you can watch TV with headphones but without cables. Check the Infographic below.

 

Samsung level link ideas

 

Mo Cheng
Editor-In-Chief
YouMobile

 

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With all that's going on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's exploding batteries and the iPhone 7's somewhat disappointing unveiling, there is a perfect market for LG to introduce its flagship V20 smartphone to the consumers now. The chances of LG seeing a much better sales number with the V20 than it did with the V10 or the G5 is pretty high because at least a portion of the consumers looking to buy a new flagship device would be tempted to try out a premium device from a reputed company that has kept the 3.5mm jack and doesn't blow up while charging (hopefully!). Unfortunately, there is no definite news about the smartphone's availability, except the fact that it is expected to be released near the end of 2016.


This has been confirmed that the LG V20 will be the first smartphone in the world to be shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed. Have a look at some of its other prominent features and decide for yourself if you should hold on from upgrading for just a little while longer.


Display: 5.7-inch QHD IPS panel


Dual rear cameras: 16mp sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 8mp sensor with wide angle lens and f/2.4 aperture.


Front camera: 5mp sensor with wide angle lens and f/1.9 aperture


Audio: Quad DAC technology for enhanced audio output via the speakers and the bundled Bang & Olufsen headphones


Battery: 3200 mAh Li-ion battery that's removable


Chipset and RAM: Qualcomm MSM8996 (SD 820) with 4GB of RAM


The only two things we did not like about the V20 so far are the 3200mAh battery which could have been slightly larger and the lack of water-resistance that both the Note 7 and the iPhone 7 has. Other than that, the LG V20 looks to be a solid smartphone and it might be a smart move if the Korean OEM pushed the device a little earlier than rumoured.


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