As with all Moto Mods, the Alexa speaker will snap on the back to any Moto Z series handset thanks to the 16 magnetic pins on the back of the phone. The Moto Mod speaker houses four microphones so that it will be able to clearly pick up the user's voice when initiating a voice command. It's a realization that Motorola is looking to address with its latest Moto Mod, the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa. It is also available in essentially three variants, one is the Android One model that is for Project Fi, then there's the Amazon Prime Exclusive model with lockscreen ads, and then the regular old Moto X4. 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. Some might find it hard to digest the need for a separate module with Alexa, when there already is Google Assistant on-board the Moto Z. Even the pricing is a little concerning, since it costs $149.99 - which covers the cost of an Echo as well as an Echo Dot.
For those who love home automation, the new Moto Smart Speaker will let you turn the lights on and adjust your home temperature before you arrive. The speaker mod is powered with a 15 hours of built-in battery life so it won't drain your phone.
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The Moto X4 Prime Edition will go on sale at 10PM PST tonight (1AM EST) for $329.99, a $70 reduction from the normal price. The speaker will be made available in November in those countries with Alexa support.
Motorola's new Moto Mod allows users to have Amazon Alexa wherever they go.