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Facebook is working on a type of device so tough to build, even Google gave up on it

Facebook appears to be taking a page out of Google's playbook for its forthcoming push into consumer hardware, according to a new patent.

Andy Rubin’s Essential phone is trying to revive an idea smartphone makers keep failing to pull off

From Google to LG to Motorola, no one smartphone maker has been able to make a "modular" phone successful. But the new Essential PH-1 is trying anyway.

How Google’s band of hardware pirates has re-invented itself after its legendary leader jumped ship

Now part of the same hardware group that ships Pixel smartphones, the ATAP pirates have had to adapt to the new reality at Google.

Google’s plan to revolutionize smartphones will start shipping next year

A base frame contains the phone's core components, but each additional part will be bought separately so your phone specializes in whatever you want it to.