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Google Project Ara developer conferences planned as concept nears reality

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Fri Feb 28 2014, 11:13
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PROJECT ARA, the building block phone system that Google retained in its recent sale of Motorola, will be the subject of three upcoming developer conferences as the concept comes closer to reality.

The handset which is based on the premise of upgrading individual parts rather than the whole phone, was revealed last year shortly after the announcement of  a similar project, the European based Phonebloks.

Google Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) has announced the first conference in April at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

Details of the other conferences in the series have yet to be announced, but it has been confirmed that anyone not able to attend or simply curious about Ara will be able to watch a live webstream of the event with an interactive Q&A session.

At this stage there is no indication as to whether Ara will be a Google device, though we expect it to be, and this first conference will be for developers of hardware rather than software.

Project Ara leader Paul Eremenko said on Google+ yesterday, "We plan a series of three Ara Developers' Conferences throughout 2014. The first of these will focus on the alpha release of the Ara Module Developers' Kit (MDK).

"The MDK, which we expect to release online in early April, is a free and open platform specification and reference implementation that contains everything you need to develop an Ara module."

Prize initiatives for Ara developers will also be announced at the event. Full details will be available shortly at µ


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