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Is Facebook secretly working on a modular smartphone?

Facebook's secretive research unit Building 8, led by former DARPA director Regina Dugan, is repotedly looking into the project. Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 21, 2017, 10.47 AM (IST)

If a new report is to be believed, Facebook is trying its hand at a modular phone.

A patent application filed by the company incorporates the term "modular electromechanical device", which, as described, would not only work as a standalone phone, but would also have the capabilities to accommodate a speaker, GPS, and a touch display.

For the uninitiated, the modular phone allows users to snap different modules onto a handset to increase its functionality. The flexibility in the design is what makes it promising.

Facebook's secretive research unit Building 8, which is led by former DARPA director Regina Dugan, is looking into this project, claims the report.

An image illustrated in the patent published by Facebook (Others)

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"It's unclear what exact device the modular system will be used for, although people familiar with the matter have told us that Building 8 is heavily focused on developing cutting-edge camera and machine learning technology. A Facebook spokesperson didn't respond to a request for comment," reports Business Insider.

While some companies like Lenovo and LG have already introduced their versions of a modular phone, it's time for Facebook to give us a taste of a modular device with its iteration.

While the modular approach has genereated great enthusiasm in the tech community, it's still in nascent stages and would take some years to become mainstream.

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