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News Google shutting down Project Ara, sources claim

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 2 Sep 2016.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Such a shame. I was expecting this though... That's why the central frame that holds the modules should have been open source, as well as all the documentation necessary to make the modules.

    All this research is going down the drain with no one allowed to leverage on it in the name of sustainability.
     
  3. Dave Lister

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    What sad news. This was the one mobile which could have dragged me back in to being a mobile user (iv'e not used a mobile since 2012).
     
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    It always sorta seemed doomed to fail.

    Other than cool factor it's a pretty pointless concept, at least in regards to your mass market consumer.
     
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    No surprise, as a western brand they would have priced it right out of the market for those who buy phones rather getting them subsidized by their mobile provider of choice.

    Sub £150 and complete overkill for 99.99% of the worlds population: http://www.blackview.hk/blackview-148/

    And for the other 0.01% there are phones like the Huawei P9, ZTE Axon Top, oneplus 3 all of which can be had for £400 or less...

    (not even going to mention the near infinite selection in between)

    And for those who want their phone for free with a crippling contract? What mobile provider wants you to be able to upgrade your phone rather than tying yourself to a new contract after you've done your two years?

    On top of all that Google is not a fashion brand like Apple, so they can't even consider going after that market either.
     

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