Excited at the prospect of an augmented reality-enabling Moto Z Tango Moto Mod? As you may have suspected, it’s not the only potentially game-changing idea for the next wave of snap-on smartphone modules.
While LG is reportedly hesitant to go down this road after G5’s commercial woes, Lenovo feels quite encouraged by the Moto Z family’s early box-office numbers. More importantly for the future of the modular phone concept, it seems roughly half of the Moto Z, Z Force and Z Play’s owners have quickly embraced the ingenious accessories, including 20 percent that use the pricier projector and camera add-ons.
Discounts and bundle deals probably helped incentivize adoption, but it’s also essential to note people are actually finding Moto Mods useful and practical, operating their projectors for 10 hours a week on average, and milking those extra battery charges for 37 hours.
It’s no wonder therefore each and every Indiegogo proposal is taken seriously, with over 380 submitted already, and stuff like alarm clocks, e-ink screens, game controllers, keyboards, walkie-talkies, kinetic chargers and even 5G radios all very much “in play”, according to Moto Mod “ecosystem director” Stephen McDonell.
Before moving to an ambitious release schedule consisting of four new Moto Mods per quarter starting “mid next year”, Motorola is today unveiling a far lower-profile Incipio car dock module. Priced at $65, this will charge your phone’s battery while mounted to your automobile’s dashboard, connect it to your audio system via a 3.5mm port, and automatically launch the overhauled Android Auto app. Simple, straightforward and, well, a little boring.