Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Feb 2014 23:28 UTC

We're excited to announce the first Ara Developers' Conference, to be held April 15-16, 2014. The Developers' Conference will be held online, with a live webstream and interactive Q&A capability. A limited number of participants will be able to attend in person at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

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.

Project Ara is that modular smartphone concept Google/Motorola unveiled last year. I'm excited to see that it's actually moving beyond concept to arrive in developers' hands. I love crazy, pie-in-the-sky innovation like this. Google is really getting all PARC-y lately.

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by kurkosdr on Thu 27th Feb 2014 18:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Deviate_X"
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The point is that one was responsible for so much foundation technology, the results of which are so pervasive now, that we generally completely take them for granted.

Google glass is very interesting though, as is that robot company they recently purchased. And google maps, and Youtube which they purchased was is great too. I'm still annoyed about the purchase and then shutdown of Deja though.

Who knows, 10 years from now we may take self-driving cars and modular smartphones as granted.

I can almost imagine conversations like "back in those days, people threw and entire smartphone away -screen, battery and all- just because the SoC got old and couldn't newer run apps or the SoC manufacturer ceased driver support (see Galaxy Nexus)", or "back in those days, people sat in traffic with their feet on the pedals, instead of doing some teleworking catching up in that time".

Edited 2014-02-27 18:51 UTC

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