Amazon’s Alexa is Coming to the Moto Z in the Form of a Mod

During MWC 2017 today, Moto went on stage to announce new Moto Mods that’ll make their way to market for owners of one of the Moto Z handsets in the company’s lineup. The most interesting announced, however, has to be the Alexa Mod which essentially transforms your phone into an Amazon Echo…

Part of what makes our Moto Mods innovation so rewarding is the partners we work with — like Amazon. Later this year, you can purchase a Moto Mod with Amazon Alexa for your Moto Z.

When you snap the Mod to the back of your phone and place the device display side down, you can begin interacting with Alexa as you normally would with an Echo. It even features a similar blue light array to tell you when it picks up your voice. The Alexa Moto Mod won’t be released until later this year, but you can learn more about it below.

With our Amazon Alexa Moto Mod, you can easily perform everyday tasks while on the go, like controlling your smart home, checking the news, requesting a ride from services like Uber, and more — using just your voice. For example, when you start your commute home, you can ask Alexa to adjust your home’s temperature so it’s comfortable when you get there. Or, you can add milk to your shopping list without ever picking up a pen.

This is just the beginning for Alexa and Motorola. Later this year, we’ll add Alexa integration into our phones — and you won’t have to unlock the phone first.

In addition to this Mod, Moto also teased some upcoming options including the Moto Power Pack which will “instantly add 50% more battery to your phone, without adding bulk.” This Mod will be available next month for $49.

A wireless charging Moto Mod, a Turbo Power Moto Mod and a charging adaptor are all also on their way, as well as a Gamepad Moto Mod which connects to the sides of your Z and interacts with digital content.

…the Gamepad Moto Mod, coming this summer, transforms your phone into a mobile gaming console by adding physical controls, an integrated battery, and more.

This all comes as Moto promises 12 Mods being released each year. It’s a pretty great start and signals that the company wasn’t joking around when saying all the work that has to be done during 2017 in order to deliver on their promises.