Motorola adds Alexa integration with latest Moto Mod

Motorola is giving Alexa a new home in its Moto Z phones via a new Moto Mod. 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 Moto X 4 promises power through the day with a 3000 mAh battery. You even the familiar LED notification strip light at the back on the mod, albeit shaped in a rounded rectangular form. Now if you pick it up from Amazon and then later decide you want to get rid of these lockscreen ads, you are able to pay the other $70 and get rid of them forever, which is a nice perk that Amazon has added for its Prime Exclusive smartphones. One of the defining features of this smartphone is that it houses both Google Assistant as well as Amazon Alexa as voice-spaced virtual assistants in the device. And with a 15-hour built-in battery, you won't kill your phone if you're constantly asking questions. The dock is also designed in such a way that it can be used on the user's nightstand. 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.

This new Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa arrives in November for $149.99 at places like Amazon, Best Buy, Verizon, and Motorola's online shop. The new Moto Mod also matches the price tag of the brand new Amazon Echo Plus. Considering that the Amazon Echo, Tap, Echo Spot and Echo Dot all are quite a bit cheaper, this is an add-on reserved for hardcore Motorola / Alexa fans.

  • Joey Payne