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Project Ara 2.0? Facebook is secretly working on a modular smartphone – Modular smartphones are the future of yesterday: Google had worked with the Project Ara for years on an extensible smartphone. Users should be able to exchange individual components of the device – for example, against a better camera or a powerful battery. Now, Facebook is trying on a similar concept.

Facebook wants to go into the hardware business

By Facebook itself there is no confirmation. The information has been pushed out only because the American Patent Office published a new patent on its website. Accordingly, the Group is working on a “modular electromagnetic device”. According to the patent, this is intended to ensure that the problem of today’s “expensive and lavish” hardware is addressed.

What exactly Facebook is doing with the “electromagnetic device” is still unclear. There should be a touch screen, microphone, speakers as well as a GPS unit. Telephony functions are also planned according to the patent. A lot of things point to a modular smartphone, especially since former employees of Google’s failed Project Ara are on board. The modular smartphone from Google was discontinued last year surprisingly before the release .

Secret plans in Facebook Building 8

Facebook has set up a kind of future laboratory in his Building 8, working on electronic devices. Also included is the Startup Nascent Objects, which in 2016 was purchased by Facebook. Nascent Objects specializes in 3D printing of modular objects. Perhaps Facebook dreams of a futuristic smartphone, in which individual components come from the 3D printer.

Until we can hold a Facebook smartphone in our hands, however, it is likely that a lot of time will elapse. The Group itself did not want to comment on the issue. So it remains to be seen what Facebook is working on. According to the Project Ara and the LG G5 , it will hopefully not be the third major failure in modular phones.

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