Google’s modular smartphone experiment, Project Ara is getting some coverage this week, with a delayed launch, change of launch venue and now it seems a design change to the way the interchangeable modules attach to the chasis.
Project Ara has been using electropermanent magnets to attach the modules, but due to what the Project Ara team described, using a Twitter hashtag of all things, as a failure in their drop tests, they’ve moved on. The team at Project Ara is now working on what they call a signature experience for attaching modules, though no details beyond that have been released.
Project Ara is still on track for a release, though when and where is the question after they ruled out launching in Puerto Rico earlier this week, opting for a US based launch, though they did say 2016 was the aim. The Project Ara twitter feed is giving some great teases at the moment, and if you’re interested, it’s probably worth a follow.