Google has confirmed the transfer of Project Ara to the company today, which means it would now take over the development of the project. The company also revealed that it would host the first Project Ara Developer’s conference on April 15 and 16.
Project Ara was first brought forward by Motorola back in October last year. The project aims to develop the concept of modular Smartphones which allows the user to customize their smartphones in whatever way they like. Apart from the external customization options, modular smartphones will allow to incorporate custom made parts to the device, which basically enables a user to choose his own hardware for the device.
While Project Ara was revealed last year itself, the company failed to provide any updates on the project and many even wondered whether the project was scrapped. The sale of Motorola last month for $2.9 billion to Lenovo further hinted at this possibility.
But looks like Google is planning to go ahead with it and the company is hosting the first Ara Developer Conference this April. The series of three conferences to be held on April 15 and 16 will explain various details about the project to the developers. The official Project Ara website adds that the conference will focus on the alpha release of the Ara Module Developer’s Kit (AMDK) and will provide all the information needed to make an initial version of the Ara Module.
The conference will be held at Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California and will be streamed online throughout the world. Developers can attend the conference in person, but he or she will have to shell out $100 for the same. Registration is being done here. While this conference is aimed at developers, practically anyone can watch the online streaming that too for free.
The transfer of Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division from Motorola looks like a good decision from Google. The company has the resources as well as the money to invest in such promising projects which will definitely speed up the development. Google is already working on such advanced projects like Google Glass, which is expected hit the market in the next few years and Self Driven cars which will also hit the market sometime around 2020.
Given that Google’s Android platform has revolutionized the software industry; project Ara could also do the same thing for the hardware industry.
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