Google has apparently delayed the most ambitious and one-of-a-kind “Project Ara” modular smartphone. Over a period of time, many details about the device, including the live snapshots, got leaked time and again. However, if new reports are to be believed, the search giant has postponed the device's launch to 2016.

Project Ara’s official Twitter handle has broken the news about the delay in the launch schedule. Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone will feature “swappable hardware components" -- something that has never been attempted before. The device was previously believed to be launched in Puerto Rico sometime in 2015.

The reason for the delay is believed to be due to the unforeseen longer duration of the prototyping phase. Meanwhile, Google is also reportedly searching for a new location to introduce this smartphone in future, GSM Arena reported.

Project Ara handsets are designed to offer “near-total modularity” to the device user, The Verge reported. Without buying a fully assembled handset, potential buyers will have to purchase a metal skeleton that will feature separate blocks for the processor, camera unit, display unit and such. This means, Project Ara phones are upgradeable and alterable infinitely. In turn, it will allow the device user to try on any number of features or combinations on the handset to get the best of both worlds.

Here are updates shared by the Project Ara modular smartphone group funded by Google via its official Twitter account: