The Moto Mods Challenge Is A Good Boost To Motorola’s Modular Dreams

Motorola, Lenovo and Verizon have recently teamed up with Indegogo to try and breathe some life into the Moto Z’s modular capabilities, or at least to try and attract some of the current modular smartphone fans to the device.

It’s already proven that there are millions of fans who are interested in owning a modular smartphone, but we are yet to see a modular device released that is appealing to these fans. Through the Moto Mods challenge Motorola is hoping that the Moto Z might gain the attention of these modular smartphone fans, and so far it seems like they are on to something.

“Motorola, Lenovo and Verizon are partnering with Indiegogo to give developers a chance to flex their imaginations and build Moto Mods™ with features that have never existed for smartphones before. Think of the Moto Mods like an app store, but for hardware. They can be just about anything you can dream up: a film projector, top-of-the-line speaker, blood pressure monitor… We want to add your vision to that list.”

Submissions for the Moto Mods challenge began on November 3rd, if you are interested then head on over to the Moto Mods Indiegogo page for more info on how to get started.

Motorola’s new approach at attracting module developers to create modules for the Moto Z is very similar to that of Google’s with former Ara, and the yet to be released Puzzlephone, but unlike these devices I do wonder if the Moto Z will be supported over time, or if it be replaced in 2017 by a completely new successor. If Motorola released an updated Moto Z smartphone that is capable of using the current Moto Z modules, that would at least give the modules a longer life, but if they won’t be compatible with future Motorola devices, then it might be a waste of the developers time trying to create them.

I can’t help but think that the Moto Z due to its partial modular capabilities will suffer the same fate as the LG G5. Both devices have tried to appeal to modular smartphone fans, but only partially, and this just doesn’t seem to be what the fans want. But unlike the LG, Motorola is taking steps to try and get developers involved in the making of modules for the Moto Z, and that is a good thing.

During Ara’s development they scored a huge number of module developers, many of whom had all sorts of ideas that they were hoping to develop. A huge list of independent developers and companies were thinking of making modules for Ara, and I know for a fact that many are now disappointed since news of Ara’s cancellation. Having already faced one big disappointment, it will be a challenge for Motorola to win these module developers over to making modules for the Moto Z.

Being a big fan of modular devices, I am still hopeful that one will be released that is capable of attracting the attention of the huge number of modular smartphone fans across the globe. Motorola is making a pretty good attempt, but we’ll just have to see how it all turns out.

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