Google's Project Ara not launching before 2016

Google's Project Ara not launching before 2016
Folks who were waiting for Google's Project Ara to finally make its debut later this year (in the form of a modular smartphone called Spiral 2) will be disappointed. Google today confirmed, via the official Project Ara Twitter account, that it's delaying the release of its first handset until 2016.

According to Google, the reason behind the delay is the existence of "lots of iterations [of the smartphone]... more than we thought." Well, at least it's clear that Google is hard at work developing devices that may change the way we think of smartphones.

As you may know, the idea of Project Ara was born at Motorola with the aim of building modular smartphones made out of parts that are easily replaceable. This way, in case a user only needs, say, a better camera, or more RAM, or more storage space, he/she could upgrade just one module, not the phone itself. Project Ara was transferred to Google when the Mountain View giant bought Motorola Mobility, and remained at Google after Lenovo acquired Motorola's smartphone business.

Initially, Google was planning to launch the first Project Ara smartphone in Puerto Rico. But now the company says that it's actually "looking at a few locations in the U.S." to launch the handset there. However, as mentioned above, this will happen sometime next year. Obviously, we're looking forward to seeing what Google can do with Project Ara.


source: Project Ara Twitter (1), (2), (3)

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12 Comments

1. DaveElliott

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Tech is moving too fast to be limited by this 1990 Build Your Own PC approach. Good for the geeks and/or hipsters though. Although it might better allow people to bring the tech into new areas not yet explored.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7005; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I hope they launch it at the beginning of 2016. The sooner the better. I would love to have a device like this. I don't see how you can actually think that this is 1990 tech. Especially since PC's back then you had to work with parts, components, cables and connectors. Ara has no parts, components, cables, or connectors. Users only deal with modules. So clearly you are showing the world your lack of knowledge.

3. DaveElliott

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

I didn't say it was 1990 tech. The point is the market is so small, because we have moved to a point where few will build their own or deal with modules that will quickly not keep up or work with new tech. Who do you think will make all these modules and keep them as current and cheap as mass produced products.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5645; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

There's many suppliers that don't make phones E.g. Toshiba, Qualcomm, MediaTek, .. I don't see why those companies wouldn't make modules They have nothing to lose, and potentially millions/billions of extra sales (in the long term if Project Ara is success at making a $50 baseline phone)

4. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Project Ara is like building your own super computer :D

5. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Looks how many pc have ram ddr4? But note 4 hang 4GB ram ddr4. Mobile grow too fast than pc without own building.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5645; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The Note 4 is LPDDR3, not LPDDR4 AFAIK the first LPDDR4 came in Q1 2015 Also ignoring marketshare, PCs have had DDR4 since Q2 2014

6. Elfmonster unregistered

This is the phone I'm most looking forward to, actually. What about screen sizes? Anyone know?

7. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

I'm interested in finding out about that too, also concerned about bezels as this affect handling of the device

8. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Well this wasn't have obvious. Can't wait to see how ara turns out.

11. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

One core, several smartphone personalities. 5"(+) and large battery for regular use. 3", health sensors and much smaller footprint for outdoor workouts. What's wrong with plugging in/out a few modules to get this? Who needs a smartwatch anyway? I don't know why it's taking so long...

12. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

This is what is going to happen...by September 2016, google will either push it back to 2017 or have a limited launch in a country that doesn't make sense like Ukraine or bloody Iraq where it will either flop or be crashed by the competition. Project Ara is the future it seems to be slowly slipping away from the minds at google.

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