Google will have to find a new way to attach the modules for its ambitious Project Ara smartphone because the device has failed a drop test. The admission, made via Twitter, comes a week after Google said it is delaying tests of the phone until 2016. It had been scheduled to enter limited testing in Puerto Rico this year. The smartphone is designed to give users more control over the upgrade process, partly by letting them swap out components like the camera or sensors.
- Google’s anticipated Project Ara modular smartphone was recently delayed until 2016. The company however at the time hadn’t revealed its reasons for delaying the project.
- Presumably, Google was hoping to use them to hold modules of the phone together until a user wanted to remove one to upgrade it — which is what Project Ara is all about.
- The hiccup illustrates one of the challenges Google faces in engineering a workable Project Ara phone.