Google is ready to ship dev kits for Project Ara, the modular smartphone concept from the company’s ATAP division, to hardware developers. Google hopes the concept will allow users to replace and upgrade hardware components. Google plans to ship later this month.
At Google I/O last month, a prototype device showed the Android boot screen. The form factor is the size of a small PC motherboard.
There are actually three separate pieces of hardware: the application processor board which runs the TI OMAP 4460, a UniPro switch board, the last board is for “developer-unique functionality” that supports tunneling various I/O protocols over Ara’s UniPro (if you’re interested, the page lists “legacy DSI, I2C, I2S, SDIO, and GPIO”).