Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Motorola adds Alexa integration with latest Moto Mod

Motorola adds Alexa integration with latest Moto Mod

The Alexa speaker will be available for $150 U.S. (£99 in the UK) when it ships in November to those countries where Alexa has official support. As with all Moto Mods, the Alexa speaker will snap on the back to any Moto Z series handset thanks to the 16 magnetic pins on the back of the phone.

Motorola today announced the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Assistant Moto Mod for Moto Z Smartphones. Back in February during the Mobile World Congress, the two companies revealed that they were working together to bring Alexa to Moto Z smartphones as a Moto Mod accessory. The blue LED light makes the new Moto Mod look more like an Amazon Echo speaker. This Moto Mod also comes with 15-hours worth of battery power so that the phone's own cell doesn't need to be used to power the accessory.

The new Amazon Alexa Moto Mod is primarily meant to be used to control the user's smart home devices.

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The Moto Smart Speaker has a 1,530mAh battery and is capable of outputting 8W of sound.

One notable design cue here is the dock in which it can double as a charging stand. Motorola says this is just the thing for nightstands. The Moto Mod is heading only to the United States and other markets that have official Alexa support, or in other words, availability is pretty much limited. What the program does is give Amazon Prime customers the chance to get a new phone at a discounted price, so folks looking for a deal may want to give this Moto X4 a look. One of these was an Amazon Alexa speaker while the other was a Polaroid Insta-Share printer for your photos.

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