Project Ara Now Open to Developer's and Google Releases Module Developers Kit (MDK)

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    The modular phone concept, Project Ara, has been in the media a great deal lately. Just yesterday we got word that a working prototype would be coming next month. Today's news suggests the Google project is ready to go to the next level. They just opened up Project Ara to developers and released the Module Developers Kit (MDK).

    Furthermore, The Project Ara developer's conference will be held next week. Here's a quote from the Google ATAP Google+ page with more of the details,

    Some intel has already been gleaned and shared from the MDK release. For example, the endoskeleton for the Ara will affectionately be called "endo." Clever...

    Also, it looks like Ara users will be able to make use on more than one battery at a time. In fact, you can even swap a depleted battery out with a fresh one without turning off the device. Here's a quote with a few more details on the sizes of the modules,

    Sound off and let us know what you think of this unusual smartphone concept.

    Source: PhoneArena
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    Very intriguing and It may be my next phone option.
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    I love this idea!! This will be revolutionary to the phone industry if it takes off, no joke!! Sadly I doubt Verizon will get a taste since their money is coming from selling whole new phones. But hey, maybe an LTE module will come out and we'll be able to use it.
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    They should just create a Verizon radio "module", even if it's not approved by Verizon. As long as it supports the bands for 3G and LTE, they will activate my phone if they want my money.
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    This is mostly not true. True only in the sense that VZW has to commit to certain quantities to have phones developed for them (especially with exclusivity). That means they face sizable losses if they are unable to sell or must heavily discount in order to move the inventory they commit to.

    The larger implication is users being able to easily and affordably upgrade their phones means an unwillingness to sign 2-yr contracts. There's also the lack of control and loss of preloading profitable bloatware.
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    Worth waiting for to finally get the phone I want. The prospect of paying full retail definitely makes the current crop of phones less appealing.

    This could absolutely explode the mobile phone industry. It will free component makers from being slaves to Samsung and Apple and enable them to compete and sell directly to the consumer. Total game changer.

    While we're on the subject, here's what I want:
    Snapdragon 805
    4gigs of ram
    64gigs internal storage.
    2 sd cards
    camera
    big honkin' battery
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