Google’s ambitious Project Ara has been canned

If you recall, just a few months ago, Google revealed that the Developer Edition of its much-hyped Project Ara modular smartphone will start shipping this fall – in fact, Ara’s official website still says that. However, a new report from Reuters says that the company has suspended the project.

Citing a couple of sources, the report notes that the move is “part of a broader push to streamline the company’s hardware efforts.”

While that’s certainly bad news for those who were looking forward to the product, there seems to be a silver lining – the report notes that Google may license Ara’s technology to others, opening a possibly for an Ara-like phone sometime in future.

A Google spokesperson declined to offer any comment on the matter.