Project Ara is an experimental project to develop a modular smartphone that lets you upgrade components without throwing out the whole phone or add new modules to increase functionality without buying a new device.
Initially developed as a concept by Motorola, the team behind Project Ara are now working at Google while Lenovo is in the process of acquiring more of Motorola’s assets.
So what does Google plan to do with Project Ara? We’ll start to find out in mid-April. That’s when the company is holding the first of three Ara-related conferences in 2014.
At the first conference on April 15th and 16th, Google plans to introduce the Ara Module Developer’s Kit, or MDK. This is a platform anyone can use to develop a module for Ara.
Oh yeah, there’s also now an actual prototype for the modular device to supplement the rendered images we saw in October.
While a small number of folks will be invited to attend the conference in Mountain View, California, this will primarily be an online conference, which means it’ll be accessible to anyone who can tune into the webstream.