When info leaked out after the lenovo merger that Google was keeping the division that worked on Ara, I wasn't sure what to think. They might have wanted that division for other stuff and have no interest in ara whatsoever. They might be interested in it for 15 minutes and lose interest quickly (oh look, something shiny over there!), and uh, that's still possible. But it does appear to still be a going concern. Two news items this week. Google's Project Ara modular smartphone gets a trio of dev conferences Project Ara: Inside Google's Modular Smartphone | TIME.com That last one is a long piece, which in and of itself is encouraging. My first thought after the merger was Ara might be more likely to go to market in the hands of a hardware company. On the other hand, it has a much better chance of surviving and thriving if any hardware manufacturer can build for it and isn't one company's proprietary setup. If Google can maintain their focus, they might well use Ara just like they use Android, and that could be amazing.