New MDK for Project Ara released ahead of second developer conference

by: Jimmy WestenbergJanuary 12, 2015

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Google has just released the second version of their Module Developers Kit (MDK .2) for Project Ara, which expands on how developers should go about creating new modules. We weren’t planning to see anything regarding the new MDK from Google until their next developer conference, which will be held on January 14th in Mountain View, California. Google will definitely expand on the MDK during the conference, but for now, we get a sneak peek at what’s to come in a few days.

One addition to the Project Ara undertaking is a new contactless connection system between the modules and exoskeleton that save space, reduce overall cost and will increase the overall durability of the device. What’s more, the team also introduced a new software protocol called Greybus which will better handle the communication between modules and the exoskeleton. In a future update, Ara owners will be able to manage the functions of the modules using a dedicated Ara Manager app on their devices. The app will also give users more advanced module details, and will allow users to swap the modules whenever they’d like.

We’re also getting a bigger overview on the Ara Module Marketplace, the online shop where Ara users will go to buy new modules directly from developers. Like we’ve reported in the past, the Ara Module Marketplace will be controlled by Google when it comes to payment processing. Google will also ensure all modules are safe to use for the public.

We’ll be sure to update you if we hear any new information before the conference on the 14th.

  • rritambhar

    hah! assembling my new phone – here i come :D

  • Evander

    i hope this becomes big i want one of these and my oneplus one to be my daily drivers

  • Wjdzm

    Trust me guys, I’m from the future and this phone won’t be released until 2018

    • Michael .

      uh… because you said that, the future that you know is no more, stop messing with the timeline, man.

      • crutchcorn

        Guys! I traveled back in time to stop a comment from @Wjdzm:disqus!!! It’s of the highest… Oh dear god….

    • because you are not from earth.

    • The release may be bit delayed. But it won’t take that much time. If you watch the speech of Project ara head ( , you will get the confidence that it will be released soon. And, if you go through the comments made in that video you will come to know that lot of people are eagerly waiting for the Project ara release. Many companies already started developing modules. Even if Google is delaying it for some reason, someone will take it forward as it is open hardware platform.

  • Mike Reid

    controlled by Google


    • sggodsell

      Well who else is doing these modular phones? I will wait for you to list all the manufacturers who are making something like project Ara, and selling them.

  • MattEgansHairLine

    I am guessing no one here upgrades their pc? Or you would understand the false economy of this project.

    A PC user asked me about upgrading his desktop, I said, just go buy a new one. He thought he’d try, the only original part he kept, the power lead. And because he kept going and upgrading ever part once he realised that old parts were strangling the new parts, it ended up costing more than buying off the shelf.
    He’s now going to eBay the pc and get a Mac, less bollock ache and better residuals

    • Valentin

      So that’s your experience. Way to paint the whole world with one brush. In my experience buying off the shelf gets an inferior product at a much greater price.

    • X Digital

      This phone is not about upgradability. It’s about customization. Such as, I want my phone has a bigger battery. my father wants a phone with physical numeric buttons. I don’t want a camera on my phone, and the list will go on.

      • MattEgansHairLine

        So every two years you have to re-customise the whole phone! That’s even worse!

        Google state that they only offer software updates for a maximum of two years (MAXIMUM, most devices get none) after that you are on your own.

        As usual with Google, they don’t give two fucks about users, make anything that gets data on to their system for Google to sell, who cares that it has cost the user thousands in costs and time trying to get a beta working for a multi-billion dollar company.

        I would never buy a Google product, they only care about getting data.

    • Guestman

      I guess google probably didn’t think this one through

    • chrishallett83

      Ha ha, a Mac being good value for money.
      What alternate reality are you from?

      • MattEgansHairLine

        The real one where my four year old MacBook pro is selling on eBay for £600 (cost me £1,600) any other PC with the same residuals? Thought not.

        And I live in a world where I check the real prices, not BS prices with no actual stock (a common arguement made by Softies).

        5k dell screen price?

        Nice one joker, you had an argument for all of 1 minute, do some real research, and give up on your Softie life like everyone else has.

        Windows, failed to copy OS 6/7/8/9/X properly, failed to copy iOS and failed to copy the copy, roid.

        How many failures does it take? How many of the wrong Steves?

      • MattEgansHairLine

        The one where I check actual prices rather than just making it up.

        iMac 5k £1600, dell 5k screen (no computer) £2000.

        And do you want to go over the home built PC vs Mac Pro where the PC is more expensive with inferior parts?

        Learn how to look at prices and the one that has a higher price is the more expensive one.

        So simple even you might get it one day.

  • Another news the team confirmed an app for modular specs

  • Augustus Gustavius Salvatore C

    I look forward to the pirating , hacking and counterfeit Ara phones & modules ……. really I do ! 99guspuppet