Back in February earlier this year during the annual Mobile World Congress held in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain, Motorola had hinted that it had been busy experimenting with the idea of integrating Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant to its Moto smartphone devices, of course by way of a Moto Mod. Fast forwarding about eight months later and the phone maker is launching the new Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa for the Moto Z.
Because it is a Moto Mod, the new Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa is a modular smart speaker that can be attached magnetically onto the rear side of the Moto Z. Apart from its dedicated speaker, this Moto Mod is also equipped with no less than four microphones, to ensure that Alexa can receive the user’s verbal commands even with some fair background noise. On top of that, the smart speaker comes with its own built in battery, which offers 15 hours of power (so that the smartphone’s battery will not be compromised). Lastly, the Moto Mod employs a rather nifty dock design, which allows for easy charging on a nightstand.
For owners of Moto Z devices, having Alexa integrated into their device presents some advantages. They can just request for Alexa’s help in completing a number of tasks, like connecting to other smart devices, managing and controlling smart home appliances, checking the latest weather updates, reviewing the day’s to do list, and many more. Motorola is far from being the only phone maker to have Amazon’s Alexa preinstalled in its devices -- as a matter of fact, Huawei also has plans to do the same thing. But as shown by the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa, Motorola’s Alexa plans may be far more expansive than any of its peers.
Motorola’s Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa is expected to ship starting some time next month, particularly to specific mobile markets that provide official support for the Alexa digital assistant. Pricing is at $150. To browse more Motorola devices, feel free to explore other phones and plans at Wirefly now.
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