Project Ara Confirmed Delayed Until 2016

There has been a number of smartphones which have been highly covered and speculation upon recently. There was the OnePlus 2 which gained a lot of attention prior to its release, as did the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+. As is the case at the moment for the LG and Huawei Nexus smartphones, which are expected to be unveiled in the coming months. However, one of the more long-term smartphones that has been gaining considerable headlines is Project Ara. Most will be aware of Project Ara, as it was a much more novel smartphone compared to what is currently available, offering users the ability to hot swap features and upgrades. This was a modular smartphone and one made by Google.

That said, although, the news surrounding Ara was coming quite heavily earlier in the year, the news did dramatically slow down of late with hardly any coming through. That was until last week when the Ara Twitter account became active and reminding everyone that they were still here and that Ara was still being worked on. The other snippet of news that came through from Ara on their Twitter account was that they were rethinking their pilot program. It had been long expected that the pilot program would commence in Puerto Rico, however, after the recent tweets, that seemed to be up for debate.

Well, following on from these last two points, Ara has been active on their Twitter account again today and explained a few more details. First up, in terms of Puerto Rico, this is no longer happening and instead the Project Ara team state that they are now looking for new pilot locations. Interestingly, they are currently looking at a number of U.S. locations. Next up, in terms of when, the Project Ara team are now confirming that they are running late with the project and it will be next year (2016), when it does begin. Lastly, in terms of why the delay, the team state that "lots of iterations" are the reason for the slower level of development. Further noting that there was "more than we thought". Suggesting the modular idea may have proved more complex than had originally been anticipated.

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