Google releases Module Developers Kit for Project Ara
Google has announced the release of Module Developers Kit (MDT) for its modular smartphone project. This kit will guide the developers and manufacturers in creating swappable modules for the Project Ara smartphones.
“This is a very early version but our goals are to give the developer community an opportunity to provide feedback and input, and to help us ensure that the final MDK–anticipated at the end of 2014–is elegant, flexible, and complete,” Google explained in a Google+ post.
Available now for download on Project Ara website, this kit also details how the modular smartphones are going to look like and what kind of modules can be fitted in them. It also gives guidelines for common modules like processor, display, and cameras.
To remind you, there are going to be three different sized ‘endos’ (the main body of the phone), which will house the various modules. As you can expect, the bigger endo can house more parts than a smaller endo.
You can head over to this link to download the MDK, which is around 84MB in size.
In related news, the first working prototype of Project Ara smartphone is expected this month, reports MIT Technology Review. If ready, it might be showcased at the first Project Ara developers conf, which is happening on April 15 and 16 at Mountain View, California.