Project Ara Has a New Modular Phone Rival

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Google's increasingly compelling Project Ara modular smartphone has a contender. Startup Vsenn, co-founded by a former Nokia Android X program manager, aims to give it a run for its money, while focusing on privacy.

The start-up is new. Very new. So new that its website is just a single page. But what we do know is that Vsenn isn't taking quite the same tack as Google. Unlike Project Ara, Vsenn will only have three swappable components: its camera, battery and processor/RAM. It seems the aim here isn't tricked out customisation, but a rather more humble upgradability. Which is... well, not a bad idea.

The startup promises that the devices will have three layers of encryption, free access to a VPN network and secure cloud service, too. The first model will apparently feature a 4.7-inch full HD screen and run stock Android. [Vsenn via Android Central via Engadget]