Motorola's OneCompute uses a Moto Mod and a dock to turn the Moto Z into a desktop computer

Motorola's OneCompute uses a Moto Mod and a dock to turn the Moto Z into a desktop computer
Still a concept that is part of the Motorola Moto Mods developer kit, OneCompute is a system that will turn the Motorola Moto Z into an Android powered desktop computer. Displayed at Lenovo's Tech World last week, the system requires the use of a particular Moto Mod that is embedded with a chip from Keyssa. With the Moto Mod in place, the phone is connected with a Motorola built dock that contains several ports. 

The dock includes three USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI jack, and a power connector. Users will use the dock to connect to a monitor, a mouse and a QWERTY keyboard. Similar to Microsoft's Continuum, OneCompute doesn't seem to be that far away from being a finished product.

During the event held by Motorola on Thursday, the company said that the Moto Mods would first be available later this summer. Perhaps OneCompute will be ready to go by then. The Moto Mods connect to the Moto Z through the use of 16 magnetic pins.

While Motorola did make some changes to the Android platform for OneCompute, much of the interface does resemble what you might see on an Android tablet. Check out OneCompute by clicking on the video below.

source: PCWorld

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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



1. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

What my original Motorola Atrix should have been... Maybe this time is the charm, since tech has vastly improved since.... Performance / UI / responsiveness / gpu / etc... are all appropriately to be used like this... Asus should take another shot to his PadFone line with newer internal components...

11. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I had the atrix and atrix 2 can't remember what one it was but one of them got bad burn in. I kind of think that it was the atrix 2 and that is why I went to Samsung and been with them since. But like you said stuff has come a long way now and this does sound cool.

24. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The problem is never the hardware but the software. I had the padfone infinity and the hardware was perfectly fine and responsive. The software let you down though. The Kitkat update was far too late and lollipop never happened. The switch to tablet was fine but only certain apps carried over properly and seamlessly. Only the Asus launcher was capable of having both UIs saved, tablet and phone, the others could only be one or the other. So until Google handles the software, most of these hybrids will not work too well.

43. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I always wanted the PadFone... but I agree with what you said... after my experience with the Atrix+Dock I came to the same conclusion as you. Anyway right now I am drooling over the Transformer 3 Pro so I can replace my current Notebook for it, and that way I wouldn't need an additional tablet... However there are no good Compact phones anymore... and I still refuse to go over 5".

2. manzer

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

I have been with Motorola for at least my last 4 phones. I'm not sure if I'm ready to jump ship. This new feature sounds great.


Posts: 414; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Everyone made fun of continuum now everyone trying to copy Microsoft and everyone like wow I can see this as the future. Just stop it already windows 10 is the future no one wants a Google desktop with dumb down apps. Surface phone one phone to rule them all and adapt to every display. We are windows users are alive not dead and if so were zombies converting others to join us. Panos panos panos panos!

4. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

no one made fun of continuum, it's just because the number of apps. WP does not have enough apps, android on the other hand, because it already has apps that has adapt to the higher resolution of the tablets, making a desktop one would be little to no work. Continuum is nice, but WP is not, thats the deal.


Posts: 414; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Android is not as pretty they barely get apps to adjust to being on a tablet what makes you think a desktop would be any different? WP isn't nice, but Windows 10 mobile is and apps are coming actually the progression rate of apps coming have been good. The sad thing is it says turn your phone to a PC that's what Moto is advertising, which is false it's just a big android tablet no where close. Tired of these copy cats Ipad Pro along with the rest of the fake imitator.

12. Nopers unregistered

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and lots of people find iOS and Android designs appealing. Windows is bad at being a tablet, hence why the type cover for the surface is essential and windows mobile probably has fewer apps in total than Android has tablet optimised apps. Windows phone is dead and the surface phone won't happen any time soon, no leaks for it only speculation.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"no leaks for it only speculation" Uhhh... I hate to be "that guy" but to my knowledge leaks ARE speculation. But that's none of my business. *inserts Kermit GIF somewhere*

27. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Leaks are not speculation themselves. A leak is simply a glimpse at a company's product prior to being official. The speculation occurs after people see the leaks.

9. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Isn't Moto Atrix has that dock many years ago?

41. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"Everyone made fun of continuum now everyone trying to copy Microsoft" As far as this article...I suggest you read the post above and below yours about the Atrix. Even the Asus Padfone that someone mentioned came before Continuum.

42. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And before anyone mentions the laptop, tablets docks were different than this: I know for at least the Atrix and other Moto phones that could do this it could be modded to not need a dock...I think one app didnt even need root. IIRC. This is.... I dont even wanna say an evolution of the laptop, tablet docks...this just a different branch, path.

5. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Same way. Atrix failed.... Lenovo doesn't have operating system like Microsoft.implementation will be unsuccessful

33. tuminatr

Posts: 1125; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

the atrix/bionic,razr,photon all had a dock computer and it had a android light running you could not access all your files etc, it was essentially worthless this looks usefull

6. DevilsAdvocate

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Looks Yummy!

7. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Continuum and continuity( start work with desktop, end it with a phone) is the future Imagine a surface phone with external x86 continuum(with integrated GPU that's at Xbox scorpio console level) device...That would be ' all-in-all' pc

13. Nopers unregistered

Keep dreaming mate.

14. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Whoever thought desktop could be reduced to surface pro tablets

35. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

with thunderbolt 3 (via usb 3.1 type c) you can even put gtx 1080 on your table tou use with your x86 phone/tablet

8. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Moto z is really onto something ffs.. And when you factor in that those supposedly insane hasselblad cameras will be available in 3 weeks then you'll just probably have the best phone of all time or close (along with the GS7E). I mean, a projector Mod, an hasselblad camera Mod, a onecompute Mod, a JBL speaker Mod, a style shell Mod, a battery with wireless charging Mod, and this phone actually has a damn FM Radio, what more can I ask of??. With this phone, you don't need to upgrade for about 2+ years as phones are now plenty fast enough, heck the nexus 4 still runs like a champ with 2GB of RAM. The phone itself is the skeleton, all you just need to do is buy mods at 1/10th the price of a new phone and snap them on when ever you need them. Any new feature that comes out by then will probably be replicated in a Mod. That way we spend less money on phones and moto makes more money through mods ecosystem. Win win!

16. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I don't care if this will be successful or not, but this shows the versatility of Android, OEMs are starting to think around the smartphone and not within the smartphone, modularity, virtual reality, home hubs, etc. Meanwhile Apple focus only in iphone sales.

18. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016 realize Apple has had this feature for basically years now right. It's called "Continuity" and has been around since 2014. Granted it isn't as "flexible" as Continuum, but it is extremely efficient. Android is the only platform of the three that doesn't have one to my knowledge, but they are apparently trying to change that now :D. A more well integrated experience with ChromeOS would be helpful.

19. Subie

Posts: 2367; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Continuity is completely different then Continuum. If I'm wrong then please explain how Continuity turns an iPhone into a mini stand alone desktop computer. Continuity is pretty cool though but in it's own way.

21. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Oh my word! Apple has never had this feature. Continuity isn't even 1/10th of Continuum. Continuity is nothing but the cloud. Rip the CPU out of your Mac book and see if Continuity still works :) Android has lots of Continuity substitutes. Continuum is the most robust option by far. But the fact that you need a windows phone to make it work is reason no one cares. With MS realizing that they need to make stellar Android apps if they want to preserve their mobile feasibility, I wouldn't be surprised if corporate users start to embrace features like OneCompute. Fully functional MS office on a modern open platform is the ticket.

22. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

This is the blind fanboyism I'm always talking about. A) You rip the CPU out of any laptop, of course it isn't gonna work. It won't with any of these. B) You do realize those same "stellar Microsoft apps" come out for iOS correct? C) Name ONE Continuum/Continuity substitute offering UNIVERSAL across the entire Android platform. ONE. D) The Enterprise sector is currently dominated by Apple's iPhone, accounting for over 65% of the market at last term's quarterly report. Do you honestly think Corporate level individuals in leadership would compromise their current setup for something Android MIGHT do? They haven't even taken to the other two options yet.

23. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Hahahahahahahhaaa you are such a joke dude! Continuity isn't even in the same league. Watch the video first. Lol. This eliminates the need of purchasing a desktop for a light user. You think Continuity can run with just an iPhone and a usb hub?

25. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Did I say they were the same thing? No. So WTF are you talking about. Insulting others while at the same time using Lol as a sentence, seems legit :D

28. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Post 18: "you realize Apple has had this feature for basically years now right"- you dumb iFag...

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