Proving its versatility as a service and its unrelenting nature to tap into every possible market, Amazon—along with Motorola—announced a new way for smartphone users to access its Alexa voice assistant on the go. Utilizing Motorola’s Moto Z phone, the two companies have worked together to develop a Moto Mod for the back of the phone that adds Alexa to the device.
The introduction of a new branded Mod is nothing new to Motorola—the company already has some pretty successful ones out of the market that it developed with companies like JBL (a bluetooth speaker), Hasselblad (a “true” camera), Incipio (an in-car dock), and many others. The addition of the Alexa mod, though, brings a whole new level of customization to the Moto Z, adding an entirely separate voice assistant to the device—as an Android phone, the device already has access to Google Assistant.
The Moto Smart Speaker, as it’s called, will have the full range of features that the user would expect out of an Echo device, meaning you’ll be able to connect to various music streaming services, listen to those services, and get updates on news, weather, sports, and more, and control your Alexa-enabled smart home devices right from the Moto Smart Speaker mod. And the only thing you need to do to activate it is snap it onto the back of your Moto Z.