Ever since Project Ara debuted in October 2013, we’ve gotten updates on the modular phone project every few months or so. The last word we got was in May when Google said that a Developer Edition of Ara would ship in fall 2016 and that a consumer version would come in 2017. Now it doesn’t look like either will happen.
Google has reportedly suspended Project Ara. That’s according to sources speaking to Reuters, who explained that Ara was suspended as part of a larger effort to streamline Google’s hardware efforts.
While Google may not release any Project Ara phones, the company may work with other firms to bring Ara tech to market, possibly through licensing agreements.
The goal of Project Ara was to offer consumers a modular smartphone that’d let them swap out parts to fit different needs, like an extra battery when they’ll be away from an outlet. Ara also aimed to reduce waste by letting consumers simply swap out modules when one broke rather than getting a whole new phone.
Unfortunately, it sounds like this experiment won’t make it any farther. Perhaps it just never got far enough as Google wanted it to, and so the whole project is being suspended so that Google can focus on other hardware projects that are farther along and could be more successful.