Hate to say it, but a bad idea in search of a problem...
If quality phones were $30 or so, I would agree with you. But considering how absurdly expensive a quality phone is, modular parts would be fantastic. The problem here isn't in the concept, but rather in the execution.
With my PC, I can easily replace:
3) Power supply
5) Input devices
6) Output devices
I would love to be able to cheaply and easily upgrade or replace the parts of my phone (or tablet) that have become obsolete (or have been damaged or destroyed) without having to buy an entirely new device. These things should all have pluggable interconnects to make replacement at least as easy as it is with a PC.
Perhaps LG's designers have reached the limits of their abilities, but the concept is very good.
Cyanogen died from a terminal disease it contracted when it got into bed with Microsoft.
Take this with a great big block of salt, as this comes from the Great Vaccine Liar, Merck, which was caught red handed lying about the effectiveness and deadly side effects of its MMR vaccine.
If you or I drove down a California street without a valid driver's license, the penalty would be anything from a ticket (first time offense, no injuries to others) to an arrest (multiple offender, injuring people) and possible incarceration.
If the standard penalties were applied to whichever Uber executive authorized the law-breaking, then Uber would come into compliance rather quickly.
...[Microsoft] made legal commitments not to assert any patents....
And you have been suckered in by Microsoft's double-speak. Microsoft promised, at best, to not sue you for patent violations when you use a particular version of certain parts of
This is the same old Microsoft. They've just changed their sheep skins.
I don't understand why people are so outraged. This is the very nature of cloud services -- you store your information on someone else's servers, depending on their whims to keep that information accessible. There are no guarantees that the information you put on someone's servers today will still be there tomorrow.
What I find the most stunning is that some people are putting, "...valuable resources that users have created and entrusted to you to retain and keep online" on someone else's servers, and expecting that it will still be there when they need it.
"Be there. Aloha." -- Steve McGarret, _Hawaii Five-Oh_