Google Releases First Project Ara Module Developer Kit

When we first heard about Project Ara, it was a Motorola project, and Motorola was owned by Google. Six months later, Google has made plans to sell Motorola to Lenovo, but the search giant retained the rights to Project Ara (along with Motorola's Advanced Technology Group), so work on the modular smartphone concept continues despite the sale to Lenovo. Back in October, Motorola teased an MDK or Module Developer's Kit in 'a few months.' Now, Google is delivering v0.10.


Google's calling the first release of the Project Ara MDK 'a very early version' but says it's hoping to get feedback from the developer community to ensure the final MDK is up to par.

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That's not all, though. Google also intends to host the first Project Ara Developers Conference at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.  Developers are invited to attend in person to talk about the MDK. This event will also be live streamed for those who can't make it (though you still need to register to "attend" online). Registration closes on Friday, so if you're interested, click here. This is the first of several developer conferences for Project Ara this year.

The MDK can be downloaded at Head to for more on the conference. You can also sign up for the mailing list and join the Project Ara forum.

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  • house70
    I really hope this takes off. In a few years we'll be able to select phone components just like we can select PC components now. Awesome.
  • ferooxidan
    so how do we change the screen? all I've seen so far is module on the back. but this is seriously nice
  • everlast66
    I really like the direction this is going and their latest progress. While I liked the concept from the start, it looked much bulkier then.
    This really has a good chance to reduce the prices of mobile phones in a similar way modularity in PCs drove computer prices down and made them so affordable and widespread. This will allowing any manufacturer get in the market even with a module or two, manufacturers that can not compete with Apple or Samsung or we having their hands twisted by the above.
    One nice "side" effect would be that you can ceep a couple of batteries and effortlessly swap the one in use if already depleted and put in a fresh one, then drop the depleted one in a charger and walk off.
    Onother great thing is that you can just buy the minimum configuration first and then add or upgrade additional modules according to your needs.