— Project Ara (@ProjectAra) August 20, 2015
When Google said that Project Ara will not be utilising electropermanent magnets anymore (accompanied with a #FailedTheDropTest hashtag), many people assumed that the magnets were not strong enough to hold the phone and its different parts together when it is dropped. However, it turns out this is no more than a joke; a rather bad one.
The company did mention that it has found a better solution to hold the different modules together. Evidently, it wasn’t because the electropermanent magnets were not capable of keeping the device in one piece, seeing how it did not fail any drop test. Unfortunately, Google did not reveal just what the new solution is.
Other than that, the team behind Project Ara has tweeted that the smartphone’s camera and battery will see an improvement as well. In light of all these changes, the delayed launch to 2016 doesn’t look so bad anymore. Of course, it would’ve been better to get the device this year, but the various improvements to Project Ara seem to justify the delay.
As of now, Google did not provide a more detailed launch window for Project Ara. While we can safely assume it will be officially launched sometime in 2016 in the US, the global availability of Project Ara is a more concerning question for us Malaysians.
(Source: The Verge)