Google's Project Ara team has postponed the launch of its first ‘modular smartphone’ until 2016 citing ongoing development work that is taking longer than first thought.
Project Ara, part of Google's Advanced Technology & Projects (ATAP) group, said in a series of posts on Twitter that it will now look to launch in the US, having originally intended to go live in Puerto Rico this year.
Why? Lots of iterations... more than we thought. #ProjectAra— Project Ara (@ProjectAra) August 17, 2015
Project Ara was first unveiled in 2013 by Motorola, then part of Google, as part of an effort to create a phone that could be 'built' from various components, such as WiFi, cameras, battery and processors.
This would mean that individual device components could be upgraded or replaced as required, rather than having to buy a new device when upgrading, or if something breaks, particularly if it is only one component and the rest of the device is functional.
As well as the cost savings of not replacing an entire smartphone every time one component falls, there are environmental benefits as it could reduce the number of electrical items being thrown away each year from broken smartphones.
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