The Moto Z gets its very own Alexa smart speaker


It was just a matter of time, really. Motorola’s been teasing Alexa integration since Mobile World Congress in February. Back then, the company previewed a sort of “experimental” Mod for the Moto Z sporting Amazon’s insanely popular smart assistant. The add-on is finally really real and set to start shipping next month.

The AI has already slowly made its way onto a smattering of handsets from companies like Huawei, but the new Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa is different than the standard integration. It’s a full-fledged modular smart speaker add-on that snaps magnetically onto the back of Motorola’s flagship — a sort of mini-Echo.

It’s got four microphones, so it works hands-free. It’s designed to have the speaker face down, propping up the phone so the…

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