Project Ara lead designer departing Google
Project Ara has become one of the dreams that could solve the needs of a specific nice in the smartphone market. To give customers the ability to swap specific parts of a smartphone in order to have personalized upgrades is a cool idea, though the fact that this concept has lost popularity in computers makes us wonder if the concept has a future. Still, Project Ara reached beta status recently, though we wonder what comes next as one of the project leaders is departing Google.
Dan Makoski, Chief Project Ara designer for Google has just announced his departure from the company in his personal blog. According to the post:
“Starting tomorrow, there will be no more free lunches, subsidized massages, weekly company meetings, ringing colorful bicycle bells, or working with the brilliant pirates at Google’s Advanced Technology & Projects team, or ATAP.”
Makoski departs Google to become the VP of Design in Capital One, and in his final farewell he posts:
“So goodbye Google. You’ve been amazing to me and continue to inspire with your openness and your moonshots.”
It’s hard to predict what the future of Project Ara will be, though the fact that the beta designs are finalized, and with other well-praised designers leaving companies like HTC, new blood could always signify something good for this project’s future.