Following the death of Google's Project ARA, it has been revealed that Dan Makoski, founder of Project ARA and former head of design at Google ATAP, has now officially been confirmed to be working at Nexpaq. In case you don't know what Nexpaq is, it's a startup that campaigned on Kickstarter to create modular phone cases for popular phones like the iPhone 6, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy S5.
Looks like the cat is out of the bag.#Projectara founder officially working with nexpaq :
— nexpaq (@nexpaq) September 2, 2016
According to a report from 9to5Google, Makoski stated that the project's shuttering was disappointing to many, but that he trusted Rick Osterloh (the leader of Google's hardware division)'s reasoning. He also mentioned that modularity is not a fad and that it will continue on so long as there are creative consumers.
At the end of the report, 9to5Google mentioned that Makoski is currently working with Nexpaq to create a modular phone that will ship soon. This is news for two reasons; not only did we not know that Makoski has been working at Nexpaq, we also didn't know that Nexpaq is working on a modular smartphone. Unfortunately, no other details were given.
Currently, Nexpaq's website offers modular cases for the iPhone 6 line and the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, as well as modules featuring things such as laser pointers, breathalyzers, SD card readers, batteries, and more. The company also offers the Batpaq, a 2600mAh battery that can have the aforementioned modules added onto it.
Nexpaq has stated that it is *not* working on a modular phone. 9to5Google's Justin Duino has also confirmed that they meant Makoski is working on a modular platform, not a modular phone. We regret the error.
- Nexpaq (Twitter)