Google to hold first Project Ara Developer Conference in April

Google has announced the first Project Ara Developers Conference is to be held in April this year. The conference around the modular phone project will help developers realise the full potential of the device as well as its future plans.


In a Google+ post, the Google ATAP team wrote that the conference will be held on April 15 and 16, 2014. The conference will be held online, with a live webstream as well as a Q&A capability. The conference is being live streamed keeping in mind the fact that only a limited number of participants will be able to attend the conference in person at the ComputerHistoryMuseum in Mountain View, California. For Google, this will only be the first of the three conferences that will be held in 2014.


This first conference will see Google concentrate on releasing the alpha release of the Ara Module Developers’ Kit (MDK), which it hopes to release by early April. It will be a free and open platform specification and reference implementation that contains everything developers will need to make an Ara module. “The Developers’ Conference will consist of a detailed walk-through of existing and planned features of the Ara platform, a briefing and community feedback sessions on the alpha MDK, and an announcement of a series of prize challenges for module developers,” Paul Eremenko, Head of Project Ara, Google ATAP wrote in the post.


This is the first we’re hearing about Project Ara since Google announced it was selling Motorola off to Lenovo for $2.91 billion in January, though it was mentioned that the project will not pass hands. Project Ara is to be an open-source initiative that could essentially allow users to choose what goes into their own smartphone by selecting modules.

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