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Is this why Google’s Project Ara phones have been pushed to 2016?



Earlier this week Google announced it was pushing its Project Ara modular phone tests into 2016, but wasn’t kind enough to inform the world as to why.

Flash forward a couple of days and the culprit may have been revealed; the electropermanent magnets that were being used to hold the components together aren't up to scratch.

In a pair of tweets posted from the Project Ara account on Wednesday, the team admitted the solution had failed the drop test and a “signature experience” was now being tested as a replacement.

What Google has in mind for the replacement remains to be seen as no further information was revealed in the tweets.

On Monday Google announced it was cancelling plans to test Project Ara in Puerto Rico before the end of 2015, adding that it was now looking for alternative test locations in the US market for next year.

See also: What is Google's Project Ara all about?

The hugely ambitious endeavour seeks to free smartphone users from the need to update their device every two years.

If Project Ara comes to fruition users will be able to build their own custom handsets, replacing components as better cameras and more powerful processors become available.

Can you envision a modular future? Share your thoughts below.

Well Spoken Waffle

August 19, 2015, 9:10 pm

lego. they're going to use lego and this will be the best phone in the history of phones


August 19, 2015, 10:24 pm

Can't wait for the iFixit teardown.


August 20, 2015, 8:21 am

It'd be interesting to know what the failure during the drop test was, it seems odd if it was just that the device came apart when dropped since the phones are supposed to be easy to put back together again and actually having planned "failure points" on a device is a very good way of dissipating the kinectic energy gained from a drop without permanently damaging the phone/screen.

Still even with this set back am sure there are other options, Well Spoke Waffles lego idea being one of them for example!


August 20, 2015, 9:34 am

Lego rubbish what's next Mechano? What tosh.

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