Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...
Google Details Project Ara Module Creation and Protocols in MDK v0.10
Few things have been as exciting in the mobile tech world as the promise of a fully modular smartphone. Project Ara, which was first announced only a few short months ago by Google’s ATAP team, seemed like an unrealistic dream at the time. But over the past few months, that dream has slowly been solidifying into something increasingly concrete thanks to hardware partners and next week’s Project Ara Developer Conference.
Now, Google has released version 0.10 of the Project Ara Module Development Kit (MDK). And inside, Google sheds light on the Ara platform itself and gives examples of reference implementations of various hardware parts.
This first public release of the MDK starts off by providing details about Ara’s industrial design such as its front- and rear-side parceling schemes and hardware design language. The former consists of module sizes and placement, and the latter involves how to maintain a unified “smooth, flat, pebble” design. The MDK then continues by discussing module assembly, including module dimensions, required materials (module base must be a single piece of machined 6061 aluminum), prototype PCB layouts, electronic interface, and its locking electro-permanent magnets. Finally, Google talks about how it all ties together, using things like MIPI UniPro, as well as the software stack and Hardware Abstraction Layers (HALs) required for Ara to work.
Needless to say, the release of MDK goes to show just how close we are to seeing Ara come to fruition. This is a very exciting time to be a tech fan. To learn more about module creation, head over to the Project Ara MDK site and download the version 0.10 of the Ara MDK Then, be sure to head over to our Project Ara development forums and the comments section below to share your ideas on exciting module possibilities.
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
SlimRoms' website has been experiencing technical difficulties for the last month or so, but it's good to know the team is working hard and is still on top of things. The SlimRoms GitHub repos are getting updated with some major changes showing up. Most notably, some projects are getting a new 5.1 branch: lp5.1! A new, revamped and open source website is also in the works, with a look inspired by material design. We also got a tip about an...
Wireless charging is becoming more and more common as many OEMs are now starting to include this feature in their flagships. There are already dozens of wireless chargers to choose from on the market today, but quality definitely varies. For those of you who charge your devices wirelessly, let us know which charger is your favorite and why.