Amazon and Motorola worked together on a Moto X4 variant that will be sold on the retailer’s website, and we brought you the details this morning. Now we have word that a new Moto Mod is coming with built-in Amazon Alexa voice capabilities.
Amazon and Motorola are trying to separate themselves from the rest of the market by working together, this time on a Moto Mod for Motorola Moto Z smartphones.
We first heard of the mod a few months ago at MWC 2017. The accessory that will work with any Moto Z and Moto Z2 (including Play and Force variants) smartphones now has a release set for next month to be sold at $149. You’ll be able to buy it at most locations where Echo devices are sold, plus, Motorola’s online store.
The Alexa Speaker Mod connects to the PIN connector found on the back of supported smartphones. It’s a full-blown speaker, and, like its name implies, features Alexa voice functionality. So, what this means is, you’ll be able to ask the speaker to control your smart home, provide information, give you the news, and much more! Why they didn’t just update the phones with the Alexa voice assistant software is anybody’s guess, but thankfully you’re getting something extra with the speaker which will exceed the quality and loudness over your phone’s super tiny grill. It comes equipped with four microphones and has an interesting design with a Blue LED light, just like the one we see on Echo devices. Motorola says that the mod will last about 15 hours with mild to heavy usage before needing to be recharged.
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