HWM (Singapore) - - FEATURE - Moto up­dates their mod­u­lar line with Moto Z2 Play while ex­pand­ing mod­ule op­tions in the com­mer­cial mar­ket. Its ag­ship Moto Z range was ru­mored to see a re­fresh later this year.

The mod­u­lar smart­phone is an in­no­va­tion where few have ex­plored, and fewer have suc­ceeded. Here are the no­table milestones in the mod­u­lar smart­phone space.

LG G5 launches, Google can­cels Project Ara. LG’s mod­ules re­quired pow­er­ing the phone off be­fore mod­ule-swap­ping. Amsterdam-based rm Fair­phone launches rst pub­licly-avail­able mod­u­lar smart­phone, the Fair­phone 2. It had seven re­mov­able parts, and it re­quired a screw­driver when switch­ing com­po­nents. It’s still avail­able and re­ceiv­ing both hard­ware and soft­ware up­dates to­day.

Hand­spring Visor (a PDA) had a sin­gle Spring­board Ex­pan­sion Slot that ac­cepted car­tridges for games, and the slot also took in mod­ules for ash stor­age, cam­era, USB de­vices, bar­code scan­ners, etc. Modu cre­ates the Modu phone that uses phone cases called ‘jack­ets’ for mod­u­lar ex­pan­sion.

Is­raeli-based Modu Mo­bile closes, sold mod­u­lar phone patents to Google for US$4.9 mil­lion.

Phonebloks founder works with Google‘s Mo­torola Mo­bil­ity team on Project Ara. Dutch-de­signed Phonebloks de­buts, spark­ing main­stream in­ter­est for mod­u­lar phones.

Moto launches Moto Z and Moto Z Play, with hot-swap­pable mod­ules.

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