Google delays Project Ara testing to 2016

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Project Ara

Google is delaying initial testing for its modular smartphone, known as Project Ara, to 2016.

The company plans to test the device in the US, according to several tweets posted Monday by the Project Ara team. Neither the exact location nor precise timing of the tests was given.

“We are looking at a few locations in the US,” one tweet said.

The Project Ara smartphone is designed to let users easily swap out its components and add niche features like laser pointers, pico projectors or game controllers.

The idea is that users purchase the hardware modules, like processors and sensors, themselves and snap them together to create a customised smartphone. In so doing, users could improve their device on their own terms, rather than buying a new phone outright.

Google had planned to commence initial testing in Puerto Rico this year, though those plans were scrapped as part of a “recalculation,” announced last week.

The hastag #Yeswearelate was affixed to one of the tweets on Monday.

The project was first announced in 2012 when Google was owner of Motorola Mobility. The search giant subsequently sold off that business to Lenovo in 2014.

IDG News Service

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