Project ARA (from Google) might just fail

Amidst all this Apple party going around on the web where Apple fans woo and Apple haters boo the new MacBook and the Apple watch, someone just forgot about Google for a while. Or so it seems. While MacBooks have become thin enough that you could fry one in the pan with a papad by mistake, Google has been cooking something hot since quite some time.

Project ARA, a project Google loves to call its own was conceptualised in the research centres of Nokia (sorry Microsoft) and Philips where researchers came to the conclusion that mobiles could be made more modular. But when someone shouts on the web with the voice of Google, everyone takes notice. So Project ARA belongs to Google and if one were to believe in the plans, the coming months might see the first commercial phone of project ARA.

What's ARA?

We are not sure what ARA stands for in this context. But as the world knows, Project ARA is supposed to make your phone modular. Project ARA aims to make hardware parts into individual modules which can be swapped in and out of the phone like you swap USB drives from your laptop these days. Only, they would slide in and out with style and to and from a phone. I guess a picture says a thousand words. So here I am saving a few thousand keystrokes:

Project ARA

Does anyone remember Google Code?

This is an article I sat to write before the news broke out. After I was done, I briefly visit my Facebook feed where I get the news on my feed. So I had to scrape it all off and write it again. In post I just deleted, I had talked about how most projects with Google Code have either retired or have not changed in past years and how new developers prefer GitHub. And then, I get to hear that Google themselves have decided to send Google Code into oblivion.

Google Code is retiring It has been nearly a decade that Google brought out Google Code. It was such a great news at that time. It launched Google into the messiah status for open source. But like many (or may I term it as ‘most’?) product Google launches, Google code somewhere down the line lost the attention it deserved from the search giant.

With time, Google moved on to things it deemed better and along came in Github with the flag of social coding. I believe it is a great win for people at Github when Google, bidding it’s own code hosting system states:

Many projects moved away from Google Code to those other systems. To meet developers where they are, we ourselves migrated nearly a thousand of our own open source projects from Google Code to GitHub.