Google to Allow Consumers to Design their Own Smartphones

Google’s plan to allow consumers to design their own smartphones hit a snag when drop tests broke the phone components apart.

Project Ara to Abandon Electropermanent Magnets After Drop Test Failure

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. Now, the Project Ara team in tweets has tried to explain the reason for the delay of the modular smartphone project. It said drop test failures caused it reconsider the use of the electropermanent magnets for holding the hardware modules together, as the smartphones broke apart into their component modules when dropped. In the…
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