Motorola announces “Project Ara” – A free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones

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Some months ago, Dave Hakkens introduced to us his idea about the “Phonebloks“. Then we all thought that if this project became a reality would be something very nice. But did anyone actually believed that any manufacturer would follow this idea? Honestly i didn’t.

But hey, life has many surprises. And we couldn’t be happier after we read the new Motorola’s announcement. The Project Ara.

Here is what Motorola says about the Project Ara:

The design for Project Ara consists of what we call an endoskeleton (endo) and modules.  The endo is the structural frame that holds all the modules in place. A module can be anything, from a new application processor to a new display or keyboard, an extra battery, a pulse oximeter–or something not yet thought of! We’ve been working on Project Ara for over a year. Recently, we met Dave Hakkens, the creator of Phonebloks. Turns out we share a common vision: to develop a phone platform that is modular, open, customizable, and made for the entire world. We’ve done deep technical work. Dave created a community. The power of open requires both.  So we will be working on Project Ara in the open, engaging with the Phonebloks community throughout our development process, as well as asking questions to our Project Ara research scouts (volunteers interested in helping us learn about how people make choices). In a few months, we will also send an invitation to developers to start creating modules for the Ara platform (to spice it up a bit, there might be prizes!). We anticipate an alpha release of the Module Developer’s Kit (MDK) sometime this winter. So stay tuned. There will be a lot more coming from us in the next few months.

–Paul Eremenko, and the Motorola Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara Team

 

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We are more than excited with this announcement and we are looking forward to see if Motorola will make a modular phone possible. But with Google’s backing up, we can assume that the Project Ara is more likely than ever to finally become a reality.

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