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Project Ara is staying with Google's Android team

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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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posted on 29 Jan 2014, 18:28 6

1. kryme (Posts: 382; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)

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

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 18:32 1

2. Troysyx (Posts: 181; Member since: 30 Jul 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 :-(

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 18:52 2

3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 21:22 1

5. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 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...

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 18:55 5

4. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Jan 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.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 21:44

7. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)

Same :D

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 10:23

10. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3798; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

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.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 12:24

11. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Jan 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.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 13:44

12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3798; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

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.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 21:24

6. byazatt (Posts: 297; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 00:19

8. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)

So disappointing.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 03:17

9. Genersis (Posts: 219; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Well this is a relief.

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