Project Ara is staying with Google's Android team

Project Ara is staying with Google's Android team
The big news of the day, and likely the biggest news we've had yet in this young 2014 is that Google has sold its Motorola devices division to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. The first questions that likely popped up when the news broke were: 1) What will happen to the Moto X/G; and 2) What will happen to Project Ara? Well, we may have the answers to both of those already.

In his announcement post about the deal, Google CEO Larry Page said that "Lenovo intends to keep Motorola’s distinct brand identity", which seems to indicate that the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto Maker will all continue to function as is; and, Motorola won't suddenly be abandoning its near-stock Android software philosophy. As far as Project Ara, Motorola's modular phone initiative, that is not part of this deal and will be staying with Google's Android team.

On a conference call with reporters, Lenovo said that the deal only includes Motorola's devices division, and not the Advanced Technology and Projects group. The Advanced Technology and Projects group is about 100 people strong and led by former DARPA director Regina Dugan, and is the group directly responsible for Project Ara, security tattoos, and biotech sensors. 

Reportedly, the plan is for Google to scale Project Ara with the full backing of Google's own resources, which should prove to accelerate the project quite a bit. 

source: The Verge

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12 Comments

1. kryme

Posts: 467; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

crap and i was looking forward to the moto x2... oh well....

2. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Yep, I'm in the same boat as you. Moto X really caught my attention and I was probably going to get the next version of it. But now?? Probably not :-(

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I doubt this will have any effect on Motorola's plans on new devices

5. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Yes but it won't be the same... Not entirely.. Being owned by Google and then being owned by Lenovo is DEFINITELY going to reflect on the devices...

4. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

I'm happy to hear about Project Ara. When I first heard of PhoneBloks it was a sorely needed breath of fresh air for the stagnant mobile industry. I'm fully behind the idea of a fully modular phone.

7. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Same :D

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's a cool idea, but I highly doubt it will come to fruition anytime in the near future. I don't think most OEMs are thrilled about this idea.

11. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

The whole point is to get the OEMs to make the modular parts. I know the idea might not thrill them, but if they contribute early, they'll be way ahead of the curve. I do believe that a modular phone is on the horizon.

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

I disagree. I don't see this happening anytime soon, if ever. OEMs would much rather have you buying a brand new phone from them every year or every other year than you being able to just purchase a part here & there every once in a while. I can't imagine the amount of money they could stand to lose from such an endeavor. Not to mention, phones have been trending toward a slimmer form factor for many years now. Modular phones would be at very least, very bulky. The OEMs will do what they have to to make sure this never happens.

6. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Great news, now we can get Motorola devices worldwide. that's a good thing

8. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

So disappointing.

9. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Well this is a relief.

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