In a series of tweets earlier this week, Google’s Project Ara – the interchangeable component smartphone project – announced a change in its trial pilot originally scheduled to take place in Puerto Rico. The tweets don’t provide much information aside from labelling the decision as a “market pilot re-route” and continuing to say that the project isn’t going anywhere.
— Project Ara (@ProjectAra) August 13, 2015
UPDATE (8/17/2015): Project Ara’s trial is currently on hold until 2016 as revealed in a tweet this afternoon.
— Project Ara (@ProjectAra) August 17, 2015
Subsequent tweets mention the project undergoing more iterations than they initially thought they would.
As you can see, more updates are expected next week, so hopefully we’ll find out more then. Many smartphone users have been following the project closely since it was first announced back in 2013. The project has captured major interest because it would allow users to truly customize their smartphones to the way they want and use them, and make it cheaper to fix phones should a particular component fail.
It will be interesting to see where Google plans on holding the Project Ara trial now. The project is part of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects division which is remaining under Google after last week’s Alphabet restructuring announcement so it’s hard to say what the reason for the trial hold is at this time.
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