Project Ara delayed till 2016 with new market pilot possibly being in the US

Written by AndrewH

You may remember a week ago when it was reported that Google’s modular Android phone called Project Ara was being ‘recalculated’ and that there was a possible alternation in plans visiting the work. The Project Ara Twitter account, where all of this was originally announced, also stated that we can get more updates to reach this week. Those updates have started and also the first the first is that the discharge of Project Ara has been delayed till sometime in 2016.

In case you aren’t acquainted with what Project Ara is, basically this is a modular phone that Google has been working with that allows owners to swap the main hardware parts with other ones, sort of as if you already related to PC components. Which means you might have any project Ara phone include 1 GB of RAM, but then later you can purchase 2GB of RAM inside a new module, and swap the old one out with the brand new one, essentially upgrading your phone.

Google announced through the Project Ara Twitter today that the release of the Project Ara phones will be delayed until some time in 2016. In the sounds of products, this may not be some massive overhaul from the Project Ara phones, because the company has designed a lot of changes to it since the project’s inception. Google stated that there has been “Lots of iterations… more than we thought”. Somewhere across the line it changed enough to change the company’s market pilot plans too.

Originally Puerto Rico was selected for hosting a market pilot for Project Ara, with Google themselves having 20 to 30 modules planned for that pilot too. While details weren’t released why it has changed, the market pilot won’t be happening in Puerto Rico anymore in the sounds of products. Instead Google has announced that they are ‘scouting’ several spots within the united states to hold the market pilot instead. So bad news for anybody in Puerto Rico who have been hoping to snag one of these simple during the pilot.

Google plans to release more updates now regarding Project Ara, therefore we will be posting updates because they come out, particularly if it is the new locations for the market pilot.

Websites Referenced: TheVerge | Project Ara Twitter