Two bits of news should excite hardcore Moto Z users.
The first is that Lenovo has committed to releasing at least 12 Moto Mods per year. The second is that two new Moto Mods are now available – a car mount from Incipio and a battery pack from Mophie.
After receiving 7 mods since its release in July, the Moto Z community has now been given a promise by the company that it will release at least 12 mods every year.
That’s as good as setting the tone for future sales of the Moto Z line, but it will also likely boost Mod purchases for existing Moto Z users.
The good thing is, any new mods that the company releases will be back compatible will all models – Moto Z, Moto Z Play and Moto Z Force, as well as the Droid variants from Verizon.
Motorola already offers a considerably wide range of Moto Mods, including a JBL SoundBoost, Hasselblad True Zoom, Moto Insta-Projector, Incipio offGRID Power Pack and Moto Style Shell.
The Mophie Juice Pack has a neat feature that allows users to quick-charge it both when snapped on to the phone and offline. The 3150mAh battery pack also works on Efficiency Mode, keeping your phone topped up in case you’re using the Mod right through the day.
The Incipio Vehicle Dock works on an air vent system for easy attachment to your windshield. It also supports 15W TurboPower charging and integrates with Android Auto when docked.
The Lenovo-Motorola combination seems to be a powerhouse of ideas, unlike during the Google days of Motorola.
The company is already encouraging developers to create their own mods with the Moto Mod Dev Kit, and last month they tied up with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo on a project called “Transform the Smartphone Campaign”.
Entrants can submit their ideas and, if selected, they will be given an MDK and a Moto Z. They will need to create a prototype and then go the crowdfunding way. The big difference between other crowdfunded projects and these will be the full support of Motorola and Verizon on the advertising front.
As it stands, there’s a promising future for not only Moto Z and Moto Mods, but the concept of the modular phone as a whole. LG is into it with the slide-out system on the LG G5, but Motorola seems to be taking this all the way. Google, unfortunately, fell by the wayside with Project Ara, so I’m sure they’re kicking themselves over the failure even as the company they formerly owned has now successfully turned the modular smartphone concept into a reality.
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