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Google's Project Ara is "designed exclusively for 6 billion people", Ara Developers Conference scheduled for April

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Google's Project Ara is "designed exclusively for 6 billion people", Ara Developers Conference scheduled for April

When Google announced the sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, it mentioned that it would keep Project Ara for itself to be further developed by its Android team. As you may remember, Project Ara was announced by Motorola in October 2013, when it was still a Google company.

Today, Google revealed that the first Ara Developers Conference would take place between April 15 and April 16 in Mountain View, California. The conference will be held online, and we’ll be able to watch it thanks to a live webstream. It will “focus on the alpha release of the Ara Module Developers’ Kit (MDK).” According to Google, the MDK should be released online in April as “a free and open platform specification and reference implementation that contains everything you need to develop an Ara module.”

What is Ara? It’s a project that should allow users to make their own customized smartphone using various modules. Each module should include essential parts of the handset, like its display, camera, memory, and so on.

Google’s tagline for Project Ara is: “Designed exclusively for 6 billion people.”

Granted, it’s way too early to foresee what Project Ara can actually bring to end users. Anyway, Google is inviting developers “of all shapes and sizes” to take part of the project, “from major OEMs to innovative component suppliers to startups and new entrants into the mobile space.” You’ll find more on this project at the links below.

sources: Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara

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posted on 26 Feb 2014, 16:47

1. Kishin (Posts: 579; Member since: 30 May 2013)


It sound nice and all but are there enough supplies for everyone cause this would have already been done....I hella interested in this..

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 17:33 4

4. akki20892 (Posts: 3234; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Hmmmm very interesting. Google, you guys doing good, keep it up. i'm sure people gonna love this.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 21:04 1

15. domfonusr (Posts: 280; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


They now have my attention.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 16:56 5

2. mobi_user (Posts: 105; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


This is the best move. This will stop the monoploy of the compaines and give the users the facility to build their own phones, just as they like.
Like the lightsaber of a Jedi.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 18:45

10. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


So you have no problem with an operating system monopoly ?? I don't suppose google will give me the option to select which OS - android, IOS, WP, Jolla, Tizen, BB etc.. - I want to run on these handsets ?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 19:44 5

13. Scott93274 (Posts: 508; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


It’s not Google’s role to offer other OS developers software to the end user. If they want to be involved, then they better take action and make their OS available to the customers.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 23:13

17. bigdawg23 (Posts: 341; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Apple wont all iOS to run on anything but there products. Just look at Mac OS you can buy the software but it violates TOS by putting it on your own computer hardware. All of the OS you mention will likely not want Google to put them on their phone.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:04

20. SellPhones82 (Posts: 471; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Yeah, that is not up to Google at all. They just can't offer someones else's OS that they do not own unless they're trying to get in a legal battle. Now if Apple and or Microsoft gave their consent then that could be an option but I don't see either of them giving Google that much control of their OS. They would need to release their own version of Ara which would then offer their OS.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 17:06 7

3. UglyFrank (Posts: 328; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


The best phone of all time will be our own creation

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 17:51

5. Scott93274 (Posts: 508; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I am so excited for this! I'm always hearing about Google buying this company and that company.... but it's actually nice to see them move forward on such a progressive idea that came from one of their acquisitions.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 18:21 2

7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


They actually acquired it from Motorola but they would've dropped the ball with it.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 18:00

6. fireblade (Posts: 628; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


I'm waiting

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 18:38

8. Killua (Posts: 257; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


I think it's an interesting idea, although I'm not sure if it will be realized. It has too many difficulties. Besides, I'm not sure I'm going to buy it either (if it exists, somehow).

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 18:41 1

9. networkdood (Posts: 6244; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Looks like the hand is holding it the wrong way...

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 19:05 1

11. Luuthian (Posts: 199; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Ugh, I'm interested in the concept but the design of the phone looks ugly as hell. They will have to overcome that in later builds if they hope to market it.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 19:31 1

12. TNesmith (Posts: 13; Member since: 05 May 2013)


My body is ready...

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 20:53

14. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


this is a whole new future for smartphone...and probably i will build a PSP out of that....hahaha!

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 21:45

16. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh hell yes.

Now I'm going to have to decide between an Ara phone and the Moto X successor.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 23:53 1

18. o0Exia0o (Posts: 313; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Well sniggly I dont thank that you will have much to decide. This is the first developer confrence for project Ara, not the release of it. We probably will not see Ara released till long after the successor of the Moto X is released (Years away). The question would be Ara or the Moto X3/X4

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:25 1

19. mmmanuuu (Posts: 204; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Il make myself a smartphone with no bezels on the sides. A 41 mp nokia pureview cam, htc's styling, 4 gb ram, 64 bit processor, 4k amoled display, 5000 mah battery all in google play edition os with bootloader unlocked. Who else need it?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 12:41

21. B-power (Posts: 9; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


i really like the idea but, i think they have a starter kit and you must buy better parts.

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