When Lenovo purchased Motorola from Google for $2.9 billion earlier this year, it gave an exception to the Project Ara team, who were then (and still are) developing a fully-modular smartphone: radios, power supply, CPU, and all — the group now known as the Advanced Technology Group. Besides the fact that the endoskeleton’s parts — which make up the Ara phone — can be magnetically unlocked or locked via the phone’s app regarding the parts, the rest of the phone might also have 3D printed parts.
At this point, Google’s Ara project is often so public spoken of, despite the fact that it’s very much in-development and not in any solid, true form. However, the first Ara Developer’s Conference, occurring in Mountain View, California, on April 15-16th might shed some light on that.
Video update on the project, after the break.