Google’s Modular Ara Smartphone to Debut in Puerto Rico – IEEE Spectrum

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Er, uh … sorry! Project Ara will not launch this year after all
    Puerto Rico pilot canceled … for now

    Google had bad news on Thursday for fans of Project Ara, its DIY modular smartphone. It seems it won’t launch this year, after all.

    In January, the Chocolate Factory’s Advanced Technologies and Products (ATAP) group said the devices, which let owners mix and match from an assortment of batteries, screens, cameras, and other components, were nearly ready for serious testing and would launch in the US territory of Puerto Rico this year.

    It seems there’s been a change of heart. On Thursday, the long-dormant Project Ara Twitter account emitted a series of tweets indicating that it had changed its plans – or, to put it in Google’s own terms, Project Ara has had a “market pilot re-route.”

    It seems the Puerto Rico launch is off, at least for now. The tweets insisted, though, that the project hadn’t been canceled – the team is “just recalculating.”


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