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12/11/2014 at 06:48
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I think having 3 buttons on the module will be great. I’ve actually wished at times that my own phone had 3 buttons.Now for me personally I would like to have the two volume buttons and another button that acts as play/pause (press once), next song (double press) and previous song (triple press). These are the same functions I suggested in the idea/s I submitted to the Design the Sound-Blok challenge. I have these functions on my headphones on the in-line mic and it works great.Now that’s great for me but not everyone will want the same thing. As other people have said above they would want profiling options. Now I’m not a fan of having that functionality so I would suggest that there be an option in the app settings to control what the different presses of the buttons do. From what I’ve heard this would be possible as the Kernel is only going to use generic drivers for module classes (too much bloat if every module had it’s own drivers in there). This means that the specific functions would have to be run by using software that comes with the module.Now the only thing I really want to be done right is the quality of the buttons. I want to know when the buttons have actually been pressed, so really just having a click when you press it. Other than that, I can’t wait!

04/10/2014 at 21:50
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optrusty wrote: Agree…. This is to PhoneBloks you should put the website on GitHub so people can make Pull-Requests to improve the website I’m pretty sure that the website is run by a separate company that is called CMNTY (name at the bottom of every page). So GitHub wouldn’t really be appropriate.Only thing to do is to make the issue known to the Phonebloks team and they can talk to the website provider.

In reply to: Brightness Adjustment

03/10/2014 at 02:18
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I thought you could change the brightness while the phone was locked. My bad.Having a 3 finger gesture sounds like a great idea. Might be a bit hard to use when using certain apps. Maybe have it as just a lock screen gesture, then use the status bar slider when the phone is unlocked.

In reply to: radio block

02/10/2014 at 12:43
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Having the FM antenna built into a module would be a great idea for those people that want to play the radio on their speakers instead of headphones. Personally I have been wanting this feature for a long time.I know there is such thing as internet radio, but some people (like myself) can’t afford to pay for a data plan. So how can I listen to the radio when I’m not in ran range of Wi-Fi?

In reply to: Brightness Adjustment

02/10/2014 at 04:03
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There is a feature like this in a few different custom Android ROM’s. To adjust brightness you just slide across the status bar. Slide right to increase and left to decrease.

In reply to: SD-Card reader block

30/09/2014 at 10:02
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While I get your point about it being a fully modular phone, and would love to see it myself. It just isn’t physically possible at this time. I’m not saying that it can’t happen but we won’t be seeing a hot-swappable RAM module anytime soon.Just a few reasons as to why:The CPU and RAM in phones are actually in a single chip, called the SoC (System on a Chip). So it’s not actually like a normal computer where all the parts are separate. They use these chips because they have lower power consumption, therefore better for mobile devices. It doesn’t say anything about the GPU being in a SoC so maybe that might be possible.The second reason is around Latency. That is the speed that packets of data can be transmitted around a circuit. At the moment the protocols used can’t transmit the information fast enough. That’s why everything is directly connected on the same board. It would be like trying to connect the CPU to the motherboard in your PC by using USB 3 etc.

In reply to: SD-Card reader block

30/09/2014 at 04:13
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A new picture of a Project ARA module has been posted online. The module is the main hardware needed to run (CPU, RAM, system storage etc). The cool thing about it though, is that the system storage is actually in the form of a micro SD card. Now if they are able to support up to 128GB, if they also had a micro SD card reader you could have up to 256GB+ of storage on your phone.

29/09/2014 at 01:17
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I think in terms of size that it should be a 3.5mm jack. Most headphones have that size so compatibility would be fine.But hardware amplification would be a great feature to have.

27/09/2014 at 02:16
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While I would love to have a range of jack sizes, I just don’t think it would be practical to have jacks larger than 3.5.The 6.3 jack is absolutely massive and would take up so much space. If they were implemented the phone would be over 12mm thick.

In reply to: Rounded Edges

26/09/2014 at 07:29
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I was actually thinking about the same sort of thing. Except there wouldn’t be walls on the side. Having walls would stop you having buttons, USB, headphone jacks etc.

In reply to: Types of Software

23/09/2014 at 02:37
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So you’re saying that you want to have separate bloks for the CPU, RAM and other system components?

In reply to: 3D Sketchup Template

16/09/2014 at 00:33
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I could do that. But the point was to have a base for myself or anyone else to develop on. And because the model is the same scale as the real one I could then 3D print it.

In reply to: Security

15/09/2014 at 00:11
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It only affects the magnets. Nothing else. Check out project ARA, they have used the EPM locking system to hold their modules in place.

In reply to: completely new OS?

14/09/2014 at 23:58
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DJHamilton wrote: An idea of OS Bloks has been brought up quite frequently. I, personally would prefer Vanilla android on my Ara phone, but I know some other people might not. Considering Motorola is making this, it’s either going to be a Motorola skinned version of Android (unlikely), or just Vanilla Android (most likely). I’d personally be fine with either, but the idea of interchangeable OS Bloks is always cool! Considering that Motorola has been sold to Lenovo, and the ATAP group that’s developing ARA is nowoperated by google. I suspect that we will be seeing a stock Android experience similar to what’s on a Nexus device.

In reply to: sony

14/09/2014 at 14:08
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The waiting begins….

In reply to: completely new OS?

14/09/2014 at 14:07
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If the OS was Android the support for it would be run through Phonebloks or whoever develops the software. Android would just be the base to start developing on top of. Nothing more than that. To get everything working on the hardware would be done by Phonebloks, therefore if you have bugs or feature requests etc. you would contact Phonebloks. You wouldn’t contact the Android team because they haven’t been working on the software you end up with.I don’t know who you contacted about your Wi-Fi issue and what Samsung phone you have but I can say that if you contacted the Android team, you contacted the wrong people.

In reply to: Security

14/09/2014 at 13:32
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haha that would be the plan. The bloks would have to grab onto something right?

In reply to: completely new OS?

14/09/2014 at 10:19
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Yes that’s quite right. Companies want to make money so they will make sure that the OS they choose will make them the most money. To make the most money they cater to what the average consumer wants. The average consumer wants something they are used to.Someone who runs a Linux OS isn’t really an average consumer. I think that to get these emerging OS’s to the average consumer they need to make it easier to install them onto the device.At the moment to install a custom OS on your average Android device, you need to root the phone then unlock the bootloader (resulting in voided warranty). Then go through all this flashing nonsense. Then depending on the developer that ported the OS to you device it may or may not work.The Average consumer doesn’t want to fiddle around with all that, they just want to press a button and know that it will work.

14/09/2014 at 08:49
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I would really love an upvote/downvote system. It would work really well to filter out stuff that really doesn’t fit with the conversation. Like if a post gets a certain amount of downvotes it hides it from view because it wasn’t contributing to the conversation and doesn’t deserve to be there. There would have to be some rules put in place to stop people from abusing the upvote/downvote system as well.It would have to be used in a way that helps people. In a forum like this people are always going to have different view to yourself, and because of this some people aren’t going to like what you say. In this case someone might downvote you for making a valuable contribution to the conversation. That is not the way to do it.So if it is introduced there has to be some rules along with how to use it properly.

In reply to: completely new OS?

14/09/2014 at 08:30
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Digassmen wrote: U say Samsung is not bad, I have one that has the same bug as a lot of other samsungs, an wifi bug, that gives an error if u try to turn on the wifi, which makes restart the phone and it is really annoying, and it is also a problem of the software, and which software it is? Android, that’s why I don’t like android, I can give u a lot of reasons why android sucks, cause I’ve experienced android for 2 years already, maybe it’s not a lot but is already enough to know andoid’s problems, that’s why I want an own software from one brand, that if there is a bug or something, it’s more easy to fix, cause there is only one model of that is it and not millions of models, that the only reason I want a new software, speed and quality on the hand of the customer I’m sorry you’ve had a bad experience with Android, it really is a great OS. Myself and my family all run android and have had no problems at all. The software that the companies use is based on the open source software that Google releases, so if you say that that there is a bug with Wi-Fi, please blame Samsung for that. Samsung designed and built the hardware, so they should make sure that the software that they put on it runs properly and has no bugs.And yes I did say that Samsung isn’t bad. My Dad has an S4, and although I think Touchwiz is absolutely atrocious. It works well and he hasn’t encountered any bugs, or had anything to complain about. That might be due to it being a flagship model though.The bottom line is, please don’t hate on Android when it is Samsung’s job to make sure that the software works. Android is the base for their software. In my opinion they shouldn’t even call it Android.28Ashwin wrote: There are currently two operating systems used in the mobile, Android and Apple, followed at a great distance from Windows Phone. All three are developed by large companies and have an ecosystem of apps and developers behind. After OS are no longer updated by the companies that produced them (Symbian and Bada), OS decadent like Blackberry10, and many emerging OS: Firefox OS, Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish OS, Tizen.It makes sense to produce a new operating system, considering that many of the listed operating systems can rely on a large community behind it and have interesting features?I would find it rather more sense to choose an OS emerging, in particular Firefox or Ubuntu OS Touch.Ps I apologize for my bad English 🙂 No-one is going to move to an emerging OS unless it can do all the things that this previous one can do. They will also need to have support from large companies to get their name out as a decent OS.When Windows Phone OS came out they had their software on Nokia, Samsung and even HTC phones. Nokia is now the only one that seems to be making Windows phones because the software couldn’t compete with Android or iOS. Don’t get me wrong, they did sell them, just not in the numbers that Android sees.I personally would find more sense in sticking with an OS that everybody knows but have an option to change to other OS’s officially because there will be people who prefer a lesser known one. Or maybe have an option when someone first boots up their phone to choose out of a list of supported OS’s

In reply to: Types of Software

13/09/2014 at 06:29
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Having a Blok for the OS would be a waste of valuable space on the phone. Why not have a system Blok that has all the essential system parts, such as the CPU, RAM and system storage etc. That way all your other bloks will be just extra features to you your phone. With this system blok you would have an option to install different OS’s onto it.So when you boot into your phone it comes pre-loaded with Android. Then under setting you have an option do download and install other OS’s and the phone does everything for you. That way people could run whatever software they want

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13/09/2014 at 00:35
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Maybe if Cyanogenmod got on board. I really want a fast phone and their theme engine could help with that. Maybe they could ship the OS with a theme built in. You could change it obviously, but for most users they would be happy with what they get and wouldn’t want to change anything.And you get all you Android apps because they used the Android OS as the base of their software.

In reply to: 3D Sketchup Template

13/09/2014 at 00:23
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I used Autodesk 3ds Max to do the modeling. It also allows me to export to a range of formats, including Sketchup.

In reply to: completely new OS?

12/09/2014 at 08:47
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Samsung’s phones aren’t bad, it’s that bloated software on top of Android that’s the problem. I have just bought a Nexus 5 and I’m absolutely loving it, untouched Android is the way to go. If this Phonebloks phone couldn’t run android then it’s a simple no from me, simple as that.Why develop something new when there is a great open-source platform that’s known by a lot of people.

In reply to: Speaker Blok

11/09/2014 at 13:04
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They have partnered with Sennheiser who are in the process of designing a sound blok. they are asking for people to help the with the function and looks through this site. Check out the challenges section. Sennheiser makes much better sounding gear as well so I’m glad they got on board.

In reply to: Security

11/09/2014 at 04:28
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Because the electric current modifies a magnetic field, I suspect that humans won’t be affected in any way when they are activated or deactivated.In terms of incorporating them into the original phone bloks idea, I personally don’t think its possible. If their were specific sizes that the bloks would be then it would be easier. But either way there would need to be a redesign.

In reply to: Security

09/09/2014 at 22:42
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That’s the great thing about EPM’s (Electropermanent Magnets) though. They have two states, Locked and Unlocked. While in either of these states they consume no power at all, then to Lock/Unlock them they just need an electric pulse sent through them.

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09/09/2014 at 04:55
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Nah don’t think so. They’re just magnets.

In reply to: Security

08/09/2014 at 12:56
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It’s what Google’s Project ARA uses to keep their modules in place. They have a pulling force of about 30 Newtons, which is equal to a 3kg weight pulling down on the modules/bloks keeping them in place.

In reply to: 3D Sketchup Template

08/09/2014 at 04:58
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I have also been working on a model for ARA. If anyone wants to use the model for a design they want to submit just PM me and I can send you the file.I can also customize the base if you want a different layout of the spine and ribs, or if you want it to come with or without modules.

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