Today’s biggest technology bytes are packaged in two. Samsung is recalling Galaxy Note 7 phones obviously due to some fault they couldn’t realize before distribution and Google’s years old modular phone project Ara… flushed down the drain hole.
Galaxy Note 7 may have been one of the most ground-breaking smartphones of 2016, but in the wake of a latest battery safety issue, Samsung is recalling all the 2.5 million Note 7 phones distributed to shops. Reportedly, about 35 cases of Note 7 battery explosions or flaming-ups were reported due to which the smartphone maker is forced to recall its latest presentation.
Google Shutting Project Ara
In the other news, Google is shutting down Project Ara, the tech giant’s ambition to create a phone with switchable components. Google’s spokesperson has confirmed that the phone is will not reach production, which is a bit strange because just back in may the company said that an Ara phone will be available for developers by fall 2016.
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While Samsung is suffering the outcome of its own negligence, Google’s inconsiderate decision to terminate project Ara is a death blow to both open source community and modular phones in general. According to Reuters, Google may license the technology to third parties.