— Project Ara (@ProjectAra) August 19, 2015
A couple of days ago we passed on the sad news that Project Ara has been delayed until 2016. At that time the team didn’t really explain why they had opted to delay the launch but now we know.
The Ara team took to Twitter once again and stated that they have ditched the electropermanent magnets that were being used to attach the modules onto the main structure. Apparently the magnets were not strong enough to hold the modules in when devices underwent drop tests and thus the team has had to come up with a new solution. From the sounds of the following Tweet they already have something in mind but it seems the new solution is still in the early testing phase.
Hopefully they’ve come up with a better option so we can start getting some modular phones out into the world!