Much of the talk about the future of the smartphone market revolves around modular phones.
Google could not have missed the ride to putting its mark on the future of smartphone designs, build and share of the profits, so it launched the news some time ago that it is taking on its own modular phone project.
Dubbed Project Ara, the modular handset has been quite the tease. After an incomplete, albeit functional modular phone was paraded at Google’s developers conference this year and the prototype release was set for 2015 in Puerto Rico, the Project Ara team just announced that a little delay and some recalculations are pushing the release date to 2016.
If interested to follow the entire timeline of the tease, take to their Twitter account. Puerto Rico would have seen the launch of the test project in partnership with Latin American OpenMobile and Claro.
However, as some other tune goes, don’t cry for Project Ara, Puerto Rico. The team assured in one of the tweets this is not the end of the road.
The modular phone, which would see components replaced according to our whims via a hardware marketplace similar in design to an app marketplace, is pushed to 2016. Possible locations for the release include the U.S., but no specific details have been released yet.
#Yeswearelate the team announced. However, according to one source it seems that one reason for the Puerto Rico cancellation is that the temperatures at which the phone would function were not taken into account. Thus, recalculations ensue.
As much as we would like to see Google’s modular smartphone in action, the project has been delayed repeatedly over the past two years. Eventually, interest might fade away. Which would be a hard setback for all the resources invested in Project Ara by the Advanced Technology and Projects group at Google.
Typically, the group, led by Regina Dugan is the front runner on new software, mobile devices, services. From here on, projects pass to other Google units or become their own business. Or, alternatively, they are killed.
It would be a pity for the same to happen with Project Ara. There is still hope. However, only 2016 will tell.
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