It was only a matter of time, actually. Motorola’s been teasing Alexa integration since Cellular World Congress in February. Again then, the corporate previewed a kind of “experimental” Mod for the Moto Z sporting Amazon’s insanely common smart assistant. The add-on is lastly actually actual and set to begin transport subsequent month.
The AI has already slowly made its means onto a smattering of handsets from corporations like Huawei, however the new Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa is completely different than the usual integration. It’s a full-fledged modular smart speaker add-on that snaps magnetically onto the again of Motorola’s flagship — a kind of mini-Echo.
It’s acquired 4 microphones, so it really works hands-free. It’s designed to have the speaker face down, propping up the phone so the display is absolutely seen. The Moto Z’s screen doubles as an Amazon Present/Spot of types, displaying off the visible element of Alexa’s outcomes.
The speaker runs $150, which put it on the high finish of the Moto Mod spectrum — that’s about double the price of JBL’s speaker add-on. Extra importantly, it’s about 3 times the price of the Echo Dot, making it a tough promote for all however probably the most loyal Moto Z house owners. It does have a few issues going for it although, like 15 hours of battery life and the comfort of being untethered from the house, if the thought of taking your Echo on the go has ever appealed to you.
Nonetheless, Alexa has but to determine itself as a reliable mobile assistant alongside the road what Apple and Google supply, and the necessity to take a smart speaker with you might be fairly restricted, as properly. The firm suggests resort rooms as a chance — maybe in case you’re on the lookout for the consolation of a house assistant on the highway?
Motorola discovered a shock hit with the Moto Z, but it surely’s exhausting to make the case that any one of many Mods the corporate has issued thus far have been a killer app. The add-on might be accessible beginning subsequent month.