project ara

Ahead of its first Project Ara conference next week, Google released a Module Developers Kit (MDK) on Thursday for developers hoping to create pieces for the modular smartphone. Google notes that version 0.10 of the MDK is an extremely early guideline, but it still gives us some new information on Project Ara.

Google clearly expects the bulk of its modules to come from third-party developers, though the skeleton frames will come exclusively from the company. Everything else, including the display, camera, battery, processor and new innovative modules will largely be in the hands of outside designers and engineers.

The MDK lays out three size options for Project Ara devices (mini, medium and large). The company also offers guidelines for the design of specific models including cameras, processors, and chargers in an effort to keep its modular phones from becoming too bulky. Developers looking to create more unique modules won’t get much guidance from Google.

Next week we’ll likely get the first official look at Project Ara, though we’ve already seen a good deal of the device in development by now. Hopefully we’ll learn more about Google’s plans then, and with today’s MDK release it likely won’t be long before third-party developers start experimenting with modules of their own.