Modular smartphone technology is a real thing with Google’s Project Ara appearing in public last week. However, it is no longer the only project in the world. Finnish company Vsenn is promising to provide a similar competing product, complete with extra layers of encryption to protect users data.
With no renders or mockups, it is difficult to talk about the design. This being said, the website indicates that Vsenn is taking a more conservative approach to the problem by only making three changeable modules – battery, camera, and CPU/RAM. This is substantially less than the kitchen sink approach taken by Google, but it is understandable that the company does not have the same kind of resources to throw into the project.
Interestingly enough, Vsenn will apparently come with customisable back covers to protect the modules. It would allow the smartphone to look like a more traditional device, although it may also add a little chunkiness to the whole design. The company is also guaranteeing to keep the stock Android operating system updating for the next four years.
Vsenn was co-founded by a former Nokia Android X program manager. Android X was Nokia’s short lived flirtation with putting the Android operating system on its phones; an experiment that died shortly after Microsoft bought over the devices division. The website does not name this program manager.
— Phonebloks (@getphonebloks) November 9, 2014
Attempts to contact Vsenn went unanswered, but the company appears to be very active on Twitter and has been endorsed by Phonebloks – where the original idea for the modular smartphone appeared.