Google’s Project Ara Modular Phone Delayed Until 2016

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Well it looks like Google is delaying it’s plans to launch it’s modular smartphone, Project Ara until 2016. Due to launch as a beta program in Puerto Rico later this year, Google tweeted that it would now be next year before the beta launches, and that they are looking for U.S. locations for the testing now.  Google cite the reason for the delay as ” Lots of iterations… more than we thought.” Thats probably stands to reason for a modular phone though you would have thought?

For those who aren’t familiar with Project Ara, it’s a modular phone system built upon an “endoskeleton” or “endo”, upon which the user can reconfigure the appearance and hardware features using hot-swappable modules and custom shells to their hearts desires-  making a phone that’s unique to them.  Here’s Google’s blurb about the project:

“The smartphone is one of the most empowering and intimate objects in our lives. Yet most of us have little say in how the device is made, what it does, and how it looks. And 5 billion of us don’t have one. What if you could make thoughtful choices about exactly what your phone does, and use it as a creative canvas to tell your own story?

Introducing Project Ara.

Designed exclusively for 6 billion people.”

 

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There’s nothing more specific than that about dates/places/times at the moment folks. When we find out we’ll let you know.

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