Lenovo to release Moto Mods developer kit, whoever creates the coolest module will get $1,000,000


With the announcement of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, Lenovo also shared its vision for the hardware future of smartphone – backplate modules, which snap to the handsets with ease and either add or expand upon their features. These parts are called Moto Mods and there will be a total of 4 of them ready to go with the launch of the new Moto Z handsets.

The Moto Mods are future-proof — Lenovo claims that they will also fit on future generations of smartphones, so shelling out for the JBL Sound Boost now means that you will not lose your investment if you decide to upgrade to a Moto Z2 (or whatever it ends up being called) next year. And, while the company has some concept ideas on what types of Moto Mods it wants to introduce next, it has also invited any willing developer to join in on the fun!

A Module Development Kit will be available to purchase from developer.motorola.com at some point this Summer, and Lenovo says the product contains all the tools that the guys over at its labs are using to build the modules. Need help getting your idea off the ground? The Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group (LCIG) will be setting aside a seed equity fund and, if your idea is deemed worthy, you may get some help.

Still need a bit of an enticement to start coming up with ideas? Well, how about this – the developer or company that comes up with the best (according to a Lenovo jury board) Moto Mods prototype by the end of March next year will be rewarded with $1 million — yes, a one, followed by six zeros, in USD.

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Moto Z
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
Moto Z Force
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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6 Comments

1. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

So smart. This gets people to make mods, which in turn makes the phone more relevant. And believe me, more than one MotoMod is gonna be made. This proposal alone will make LG's attempt look like a joke.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Can Lenovo afford to give away $1M dollars? But they weren't willing to ship new phones to people who had phones that stopped working and were under warranty? I hope you don't sell a single phone again.

3. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Can they really afford it even though they simply could not replace a faulty phone? Shouldn't they have to sort out their post purchase service first before jumping onto new marketing model? After my return Moto G 3 gen nightmare I have no trust for this company anymore.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

what about "slim battery mod with 3.5mm jack"

5. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Actually i said this in another thread, a module for audiophiles: comes with a DAC/Amp (like a FiO) with the 3.5mm (or even 5.5mm) audio port included.

6. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

lol.....i wont leak my idea. someone could steal it

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