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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21 Comments

1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 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..

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

15. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

They now have my attention.

2. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 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.

10. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 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 ?

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

17. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 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.

20. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The best phone of all time will be our own creation

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

6. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

I'm waiting

8. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 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).

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

11. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

12. TNesmith

Posts: 13; Member since: May 05, 2013

My body is ready...

14. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

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

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

18. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 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

19. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 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?

21. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

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

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