Google has announced a delay in the launching of the Project Ara smartphone. The modular phone won’t be released until sometime in 2016.
At the beginning of this year, Google announced the launch of this modular smartphone in Puerto Rico in December 2015. The team wrote a series of tweets announcing a delay and a change of location. The phone will be delayed until 2016 and they are going to search for some locations in the United States, instead of Puerto Rico.
It is understandable why they wouldn’t launch this kind of product in Puerto Rico right now, taking into consideration the economic and environmental issues going on there at the moment. Still, the team mentioned that this doesn’t mean they will not launch any modular phones in Puerto Rico.
For now, the exact location and date when they will launch the phone are unknown.
Google explains the delay with a tweet saying “Lots of iterations… more than we thought”. The team has been working really hard to make this project a reality, but it seems they have underestimated the number of possible combinations of modules. So, the modules that were going to make Project Ara a success are also the reason why it has been delayed.
The Project Ara smartphone will allow customers to add a bit of personality to their phones. They will be able to change the design and add the features that they need.
Moreover, the users will be able to change or upgrade any core components of the smartphone, so they won’t have to replace the whole device when they are not satisfied with the camera, for example.
Plus, broken screens or worn out batteries won’t be such a problem as they will be way easier to replace.
Google has made a dramatic rethinking of the mobile phone. This smartphone is believed to start a new era of do-it-yourself smartphones that can be easily personalized by the consumers.
Even though the project is behind schedule, it is believed that this phone will revolutionize the mobile phone industry, if it works.
In January, Google showed a prototype of the phone to the public. The Project Ara Spiral 2 smartphone had a HD screen and a 5 megapixel camera. Consumers can opt for an Nvidia or Marvel processor. The 11 modules on the phone included Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth and even a light and proximity sensor.
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