Lots of Moto Mods incoming, here are 12 concepts that may become reality!

Lots of Moto Mods incoming, here are 12 concepts that may become reality!
Motorola's 2016 flagships — the Moto Z and Moto Z Force — added a new concept to the world of smartphones in the form of easy-to-snap-on modules. Named Moto Mods, these gizmos are quick to attach and quick to come off, their purpose being to add features and expand the battery life on your Moto smartphone.

On launch, we had 4 mods — a JBL SoundBoost stereo speaker, the Insta-Share Projector, a Power Pack battery bank, and the Style Shell. Lenovo knows that if the Moto Mods are to pick up and become a truly alluring feature, it will need to be backed by 3rd party developers, who can add their own creative ideas to the project. The company announced a developer kit for the Mods and even hosted a $1,000,000-prize contest for the coolest Mod concept. It later partnered with Indiegogo to make it easier for developers with good ideas to launch their own funding campaigns.

Now, it seems Lenovo is confident that it has enough fuel for the Moto Mods concept. Why? Because company execs have boldly stated that Motorola itself will focus on pushing out 12 Mods per year. On the topic, Lenovo's Moto Mods director John Touvannas said:


Thus far, we've seen three new Mods be added to the roster — the Hasselblad True Zoom, which adds optical zoom to your camera, an Incipio Smart Car Dock, which gives us a lot of options for mounting the phone in the car, and a Mophie Juice Pack external battery. The latter two of these are yet to be released.

What types of Mods should we expect in the future? Thus far, there are no confirmed concepts, but there are plenty of possibilities that have been discussed. Here's some of them:

  • 5G Modem
  • Secondary screen (think using back camera for selfies)
  • E-reader that uses front-facing speaker
  • LED light Mod for aesthetics
  • Game controller
  • Measurement tool
  • Remote control
  • External storage drive
  • Alarm clock
  • Breathalyzer
  • Baby care mod
  • Color sensors for the visually impaired

Out of these, we'd really love to see the game controller and the external storage Mods become a reality. Which ones would you guys prefer to have?


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source: Cnet

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  • Battery 2600 mAh
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19 Comments

1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3108; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

3.5 mm jack mod. Just don't make it expensive.

2. Metropolis75

Posts: 197; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

How about a simple style mod that adds wireless charging? Or simple style mods with licensed sports teams that you can change during times of the season. Really guys it's not that complicated. Those should be out already. Especially the style mods.

4. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Or just a style shell thicker than the camera.

15. zbozo105

Posts: 3; Member since: May 22, 2015

lol have you done any research? Kate Spade made a charging mod via Incipio for the phone and tumi made one too, not so stylish but does wireless charging. Googling moto mods isnt that complicated either. Oh yeah, if you dont like kate spade or tumi's style thats your preference, but if that doesnt fit your "simple style" mods description, sorry. BTW those 2 released with the phone

17. Metropolis75

Posts: 197; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Lol......have you? What you're talking about are battery packs that allow wireless charging. What I'm talking about is simple thin style mods that allows you wireless charge the phone battery directly. Even a larger selection of style mods would be a more flexible option than purchasing skins.

3. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Alarm clock mod? What's that?

14. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Talk about useless mods.. Even things as basic as a metallic style mod with iR blasters should have been a given by now

5. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

That game controller mod could be really cool! Like a successor of the Sony Xperia Play which was really cool.

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Meh, all those concepts are already possible via OTG, some already materialized, including: - Game Controller ( https://goo.gl/5X2XRK ) - Measurement tool (eg. thermometer, https://goo.gl/q8NDJa ) - TV remote ( https://goo.gl/9pQ2eP ) - External Storage Drive ( https://goo.gl/Yhavii ) - Breathalyzer ( https://goo.gl/j2gS7C ) - etc. These mods will merely be overpriced and proprietary (maybe more neat looking) alternatives like other mods, and would only work with 1 OEM's device...pass.

7. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Doesn't mean nobody wants them still. Comment #1, 3.5mm headphone jack mod is still requested even though there is "OTG" version which is the adapter.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Oh, people that bought the jackless phone in the first place would definitely want them. I wouldn't buy such device that pointlessly ditches standard ports...

9. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

E Ink display would be awesome.

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I don't think these so called 'mods' are supposed to make my ol' jaws drop, eh...? All gizmos which lack any practicality, unfortunately... Motorola has lost it... Err... Actually, Mr. Lenovo has lost it... Thing is, when you're part of The Android Herd, the biggest cellphone herd on the face of the earth, its hard (if not impossible) to 'differentiate' yourself from the rest of the herd... No matter what Android Phone you get, at the end of the day; you'll end up with a phone with roughly the same capabilities, same strengths and... Ahem... Same weaknesses & vulnerabilities...! Right now, my daily driver is a Galaxy S6... And its not THAT different than my pure Nexus 5... Unless you pull down the notifications shade or tap the settings, in which case its quite different... But this difference is closing now that Touchwiz based on Nougat tries HARD to imitate stock Android... Well, its time for me to say: Oh well...™ Followed by the infamous: G'Day!™ [I seek your forgiveness if this post irritates you in any way...]

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Bottom line; Motorola is 'desperate', which BTW, is my own personal & humble opinion... And its not taking them forward... My ancient & quite pathetic Sony Ericsson T230 had a "detachable" Camera, as cameras used to be a LUXURY back in those days... Google it up... EDIT: Don't bother... Here's that little 'sucker' (mind my potty langauge), was slow as a bloody snail...http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_ericsson_t230-446.php

12. jimjam unregistered

how about a better camera mod

16. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

It's gonna be even pricier and people are going to comment "buy a real camera".

13. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Game controller, baby monitor, extra storage, IR sensor? Led lights? Talk about irrelevant mods. Of all mods to have created

18. Brewski

Posts: 697; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

"The Hasselblad True Zoom, which adds optical zoom to your camera, an Incipio Smart Car Dock, which gives us a lot of options for mounting the phone in the car, and a Mophie Juice Pack external battery. The latter two of these are yet to be released." Nope. Look at the Verizon website, you can get the Mophie battery right now. I'm waiting for the car dock so my phone will charge and be hooked up to the speakers by just snapping it into the magnets.

19. troyk

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 19, 2016

Advanced audio, high-end dac (like lg v20), higher volume, headphone jack.

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