Google’s Project Ara is just around the corner, with the first samples slated for early 2015. Google has been busy finalising the bits and polish their software. After detailing the platform’s SoC along with the respective modules Google’s ATAP team has finally announced that Project Ara will run modified builds of Android L, presumably featuring a kernel with the required UniPro transport drivers/blobs already built-in.
Linaro is also playing a big part in this effort to develop modular smartphones, the group actively helped to enable module hot-swapping in the Android base, Project Ara will allow users to swap all components except for the SoC or the screen without having to power down the device.
Project Ara devices will undergo a certification process similar to Google’s CTS before being sold to consumers on an online marketplace that will also allow users to select a variety of modules specifically tailored for their Ara devices, several OEMs and vendors are also taking part in the project, those include Quanta, Toshiba, Rockchip, Foxconn and others. The team will also release the Ara MDK in December during their second developer conference.