Attempts to make a modular phone or smartphone have been made in recent years quite often. Many electronics manufacturers and IT companies were thinking how to implement this idea, creating working prototypes, some even reported that soon, they were about to release and start selling their phones, in which it was possible to replace certain modules by adjusting their handset to specific tasks. In early September, Google announced that it is stopping the development of modular smartphones, and now, alas, another major company announced that it is winding down developments in this direction.
Previously, LG planned to release a smartphone with a large variety of modules: you need a better camera – please! Sound? Also possible. But, as it turned out, it is rather difficult – the concept of a phone with a modular architecture and its own ecosystem turned out to be too tough for even the venerable Koreans.
In the spring, the company released a G5 smartphone, to which it was possible to connect a digital-to-analog converter or a dual camera control module that could turn the handset into a fancy camera phone.
“Alas, the experience of sales was disappointing. LG said that it’s difficult for users to understand all these additional extensions, and the modular devices themselves are rather complicated in production, so it was decided to stop working on further development of the idea, “the Korean edition of the Electronic Times reported citing company representatives.
And it’s a pity, it might turn out quite interesting!