The new Google smartphone “Ara” has been delayed by the company until later this year. The delay is most blamed on iterations in its design quality. As you may know, the Google Ara is going to be a modular smartphone. This means that users will be able to put together parts on the phone or replace parts that break without having to get technical support. For example, if you were to drop your smartphone onto the ground and the screen got cracked, normally you would have to send the smartphone back to the manufacturer under a warranty and they would fix it for you. With the Google Ara modular smartphone, users will be able to replace the screen on their own. All they will have to do is slide out the old screen and slide in a new screen. It will be significantly cheaper to just purchase a spare screen than it would be to fix or replace an entire phone. If this modular smartphone were to be released, it would help people out in so many ways. People who purchase $500 smartphones will no longer have to worry about dropping their phone or spilling something on it. Users will also be able to upgrade their phone by simply replacing older parts with newer parts. Then they won’t have to go out and purchase a whole new phone just to get simple upgrades on things like cameras, speakers and so on.
Google originally had planned to give a trial run for its modular smartphone, nicknamed Project Ara. The trial was supposed to be done in Puerto Rico during the fall of 2015, but the Project Ara team decided that it would be better to choose a different location in the United States. All of this was announced in a series of recent tweets published by the heads of this project over at Google. The project is still going to be completed, but just at a later date. Obviously, consumers are very interested in this new smartphone style that has never been seen before. Once it does get released, it is predicted to have more sales than the newest Apple iPhone. The only question is, “What will the features be on the smartphone?” Even though you can take parts off and put new ones on, will the parts be powerful to run the phone or will they be substandard? Consumers and critics still have questions like these that are bound to get answered in the future.