Will the ambitious Project Ara, born under Motorola and living-on with Google through the company’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (the team behind that tantalizing 3D-mapping handset), really end up shifting the smartphone market from one dominated by pre-built monolithic phones to eminently customizable models, formed from a number of individually upgradable components? That would be ten shades of awesome, but for now this is still very much one big experiment. As the year rolls on, however, Ara stands to start feeling more and more real, and today Google ATAP outlined the Ara journey it’s take developers on over the course of the next several months.
First we have an online dev conference in mid-April, which will introduce the Module Developers’ Kit, the framework that will let engineers start designing their own interchangeable modules for the Ara skeleton. The public is invited to watch via webstream, and Google promises to talk about its planned features for Ara.
Following that, we’re looking at at least two more dev conferences later in 2014, where we stand to learn even more about how work on Ara is maturing and maybe even start picking up some hints at eventual commercial products based around it. Color us all sorts of excited.