Google’s plan for modular smartphones have reportedly been abandoned
After delays, it looks like Google’s plan for modular smartphones has come to an abrupt end.
Project Ara, the company’s foray into creating phones that can be built from interchangeable parts, has reportedly been scrapped according to a report by Reuters.
It’s a shock decision considering Google’s proclamation in May that it would have a developer edition of Ara ready for Q4 2016, and that consumers would get an Ara phone sometime in 2017.
But perhaps the writing was on the wall: The first consumer modular smartphone to be released, LG’s G5, has sold poorly amid customer complaints regarding modules breaking down and other phone issues. Read more…