Moto Mods are future-proof: will continue to work with next year's Moto Z phones

It's no big stretch to say that the most exciting thing about today's just-launched Moto Z and Moto Z Force isn't the phones themselves, but their accessories: the Moto Mods. These add-ons connect to the hardware through a unique interface that allows them to deliver rich functionality; today we got to see examples like the Moto Insta-Share Projector and JBL SoundBoost Speaker. Those look pretty cool, but collecting all these feature-packed Moto Mods also sounds like it could start getting really expensive, really fast. Luckily, Lenovo and Motorola have just assured us that our investment in Moto Mods accessories won't go to waste, with future-proof compatibility with the next generation of Moto Z phones.

When thinking about the idea of modular smartphones a few weeks back, we noted how important compatibility would be to any of these platforms catching on. Early leaks suggesting that the Moto Z and Moto Z Force would share support for the same add-ons was promising, but today's news is even better; you can buy that pico-projector for this year's Moto Z and feel secure knowing that you'll still be able to get a lot of use out of it even if you upgrade to the 2017 Moto Z next year.

Of course, there is a downside to this compatibility, as it means that we won't likely see much in the way of variation when it comes to the physical design of future Moto Z handsets.

Motorola's encouraging the creation of new Moto Mods with the announcement of a rich developer program, including a million-dollar prize for the most innovative effort.

source: Motorola

Related phones

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



1. danny_a2005

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

The back of the moto z is looking very good, I don't mind if they don't change it for future models but the front oh my lord it needs to be changed asap, that fingerprint reader is very ugly

3. NoAllegiance unregistered

Unfortunately there is no mod to fix the front, lol. Overall they did a good job. Glad Lenovo is partnering up with developers in making mods even though they will cost relatively.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The bigger question is, where is the camera MOD?

4. NoAllegiance unregistered

Camera and adventure mod still in development, more to follow as the CEO said.

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