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Google a step closer to modular smartphones

New York: Google released its first set of guidelines for developers hoping to participate in Project Ara, the company's platform for building modular smartphones. The first version of Project Ara’s Module Development Kit was released on Wednesday.

Future of mobiles? Google has already revealed that its modular phones will be available in small, medium and large sizes
Future of mobiles? Google has already revealed that its modular phones will be available in small, medium and large sizes

The idea behind the project was first unveiled in October by the company’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) Group, technically still part of Motorola, to create a platform where any given part of a smartphone is its own module that can be replaced independently. This will allow users to completely customise the look of their device.

Google has already revealed that its modular phones will be available in small, medium and large sizes. The development kit includes guidelines detailing the requirements for individual components of the phones like processors and batteries.

“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,” Paul Eremenko, Project Ara head said in a blog post.

The release comes just ahead of the first Project Ara Developer’s Conference, which will be held next week in Mountain View, California.

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