We have recently seen a few smartphones trying modular designs like LG G5 and MOTO X force but, they are not true modular phones. The true modular phone was supposed to be Google’s Project Ara.
It had dream-like features. You potentially could swap out cameras, battery, display etc. Then you could add other peripherals to the devices. You could do these things without shutting the phone down.
People were really excited about it but there is some rather bad news. Project Ara officially been axed.
The project started by Motorola in 2013. Project Ara was viewed as a solution to problems like the huge electronic waste, lack of diverse design in phones and slow innovation. Google got Project Ara when they acquired Motorola and the project became very promising.
Project Ara faced problems from the start. It was plagued with delays and changes. So Google decided to scrap it completely.
It was reported by Reuters that Google new Head of Hardware Rich Osterloh is streamlining all of Google scattered hardware projects and Project Ara became the first victim of this killings.
Though Google won’t launch Project Ara but there is still a little bit hope because Google might license it to other manufacturers. The odds are pretty low because it’s hard to imagine other manufacturers succeed where Google failed.