TechDroider: Moto-Z

DigiFrame Mod adds a Secondary E-Ink Screen to your Moto Z

As you might be aware of the fact that Motorola will be releasing more and more Moto Mods in the near future. The company have already launched some new Moto Mods at the MWC 2017.



Recently, Motorola conducted several hackathon events in various countries, including India. And now, they showcased a new Moto Mod which will add a Secondary E-Ink Screen to your Moto Z series smartphone. 





This Mod is presented by Indiegogo, the crowd-funded Kickstarter project and will be called as 'DigiFrame' The basic functionality of this Mod is that it will add an always-on Secondary screen. The best part is: you can set up your own widget with information you need to be available, it costs ultra low power and provides high definition e-ink screen with information you need.



Here are specs of the DigiFrame Mod:


  • 4.3", 800 x 480, 216 dpi, e-ink screen (physically limited by Moto Mod design constraints)
  • 152.7 x 73.5 x 5 mm
  • 1500 mAh battery (preliminary, may change)


This Moto Mod will let you use Moto Z underwater

There is no fact denying that Motorola is betting big on the future of Moto Mods and the recently concluded Hackathons is a proof for that. As of now, there are various Moto Mods to play music, capture images, project a picture, etc. 

According to latest report by Hellomotohk, Lenovo-Motorola is working on a Module which will make your Moto Z Waterproof and will let you use the device under water. 


Lenovo MBG Co-President & SVP Gina Qiao has posted an underwater image on weibo showing the Moto Z with Waterproof Moto Mod. 


This Moto Mod will let you use Moto Z underwater

According to the information we got, this Moto Mod will be called "Adventure Mod" and keep your Moto Z safe from dust and water. 

Have a closer look-



Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Android 7.0 Nougat is now rolling out for the unlocked Moto Z

Android 7.0 Nougat is now rolling out for the unlocked Moto Z


As Motorola promised, the unlocked (Sold directly by Motorola) variant of the Motorola Moto Z is now getting Android 7.0 Nougat update. Android 7.0 comes with hot features, but apart from that, Motorola has also added Google's newest VR "Daydream support" for Moto Z Devices. 

We already know that both the Verizon and unlocked versions of the Moto Z Play would get Android 7.0 in March. 

Few days ago, Moto Germany tweeted the official date of the new Android 7.0 update rollout for the Moto X family and the Moto Z Play. The Moto X will get the update until May, while the Moto Z Play will get it in March.

Thanks Cooper Dahle!

Moto Z (2017) with Snapdragon 835 Could Be In The Works

Moto Z (2017) with Snapdragon 835 Could Be In The Works

A new variant of the Moto Z has appeared on the Geekbench benchmarking website. The listing reveals that the 2017 Motorola Smartphone with model no. XT1650 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset, and has 4GB of RAM. The Smartphone runs Android 7.1.1, which is the latest Android version right now.



We already know that the given  model number "XT1650" is allotted to the Moto Z (2016). But, if the listing is legit, we might see Moto Z (2017) with Snapdragon 835 very soon.




Will you be upgrading from the Moto Z(2016) to Moto Z(2017)? Let us know why — or why not —in the comments so everyone else can benefit from your thoughts!


Source: Geekbench

"Timewave" Moto Mod will add "5D touch" to the Moto Z



The Motorola Moto Z was one of the most innovative Smartphone of the year 2016. Being modular, Moto Z is designed to accommodate add-on modules that snap to the back of their cases. 


From a Simple Style Case to a Pico Projector, Moto Mods can be attached to the back of Moto Z, Moto Z force or Moto Z Play via magnetic pins.

Now, a company named "Esper" is working on a new Moto Mod called "Timewave". This futuristic Module can add additional functionalities to your Moto Z phones. 

Pressing a button on Moto Mod can launch meditation, a 60 second stretch timer, log that you drank water, and much more. The back is a '5D' touch surface that enable custom actions, such as:

  • Launch app
  • Navigate home
  • Activate voice control
  • Scrub through video
  • Scroll through page,
  • Share
  • Use as a keyboard to play music!
  • and more...
The next stage in human evolution, joining with our digital souls: Esper (Follow this project at Tryesper)

Source: Reddit


Motorola to release Nougat for unlocked Moto Z next month, Moto Z Play in March

Motorola to release Nougat for unlocked Moto Z next month, Moto Z Play in March


Motorola will start rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat update for unlocked (Sold directly by Motorola) variant of the Motorola Moto Z from next month, while both the Verizon and unlocked versions of the Moto Z Play would get Android 7.0 in March.

We already know that Moto X Play, Moto X Style and Moto Z Play and most of the other Moto devices will get Android 7.0 Nougat by the end of January. While the Moto G4 Play will probably follow Moto X Family and will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat later on.



Nougat adds battery optimization, multi-screen support, security improvements and the new Motorola boot animation. We have already updated our Moto Z to Official Android 7.0 Nougat, take a look- 




Via: AndroidCentral

Marstak Smart Flip cover is 2017's first Moto Mod for Moto Z Devices

This is our first look at Marstak Smart Flip cover Moto Mod for Moto Z Devices

Motorola's Moto Z was one of the most innovative Smartphone of the year 2016. Being modular, Moto Z is designed to accommodate add-on modules that snap to the back of their cases. 


From a Simple Style Case to a Pico Projector, Moto Mods can be attached to the back of Moto Z, Moto Z force or Moto Z Play via magnetic pins.



As reported earlier, Motorola is planning to produce at least 12 new Moto Mod add-ons starting from this year (i.e. 2017), and it seems that we already have our first look at first Moto Mod of the year 2017 i.e. the "Marstak Smart Flip cover".

Marstak Smart Flip cover is 2017's first Moto Mod for Moto Z Devices

Image Credits: Louie Chan

Marstak Smart Flip cover comes with Card Pockets and gets easily attached to the back of Moto Z Devices via magnetic pins. 



For now Motorola hasn't made "Marstak Smart Flip cover" official, but according to our source it is available as a freebie for Moto Z Smartphones in Philippines.


Will you be purchasing the Marstak Smart Flip cover for your Moto Z or Moto Z Force?  Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Android 7.0 Nougat update starts hitting Motorola Moto Z in India

A month ago, Motorola announced that Android 7.0 Nougat is rolling out globally for Moto Z and Z Force with Daydream support.

As promised, Motorola has now officially started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat update for Moto Z Smartphone in India.


Android 7.0 Nougat update starts hitting Motorola Moto Z in India


Android 7.0 Nougat update starts hitting Motorola Moto Z in India

Android 7.0 Nougat comes out with many new features including Over 1500 emoji support, Multi-Window feature, New Doze, Custom Quick Settings, Direct Boot and More Security!




After Moto Z, the G4 family will get Nougat before December 31st while the Moto X line will get it earlier next year and the new Z Play will get it in January. Moto has kept its solid track at updating devices, with 15 devices from their portfolio getting the next Android update.

Cheers Suresh N 

Motorola India To Start Selling Moto Z and Moto Mods In Offline Stores



Lenovo-Motorola, which is The Second largest Smartphone brand in India will begin selling Moto Z and Moto Mods, through 300 exclusive Offline Lenovo stores in India.


“Since India is a top market for Lenovo-Motorola, we are definitely looking into the market for specific opportunities,” said Dillon Ye, vice president, smartphone business lead of Asia Pacific at Lenovo Group told ET.

On October 4, 2016, Lenovo launched the Semi-Modular Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Play along with Moto Mods in India. The Smartphones went on sale through Amazon India and Flipkart.



Offline sales of the Moto Z and Moto Mods will start from January 2017.


“In value terms, India is among the top contributors from revenue and volumes, and we’re confident that once we have the offline strategy, India will grow further,” Ye said.




Motorola will release at least 12 new Moto Mods per year



Motorola's Moto Z was one of the most innovative Smartphone of the year 2016. Being modular, Moto Z is designed to accommodate add-on modules that snap to the back of their cases. 

From a Simple Style Case to a Pico Projector, Moto Mods can be attached to the back of Moto Z, Moto Z force or Moto Z Play via magnetic pins.


Recently Motorola released two new Moto Mods (Check them out here) and also announced to bring a Project tango and a 5G modem Moto Mod. 

According to a new report from Cnet, Motorola is planning to produce at least 12 new Moto Mod add-ons per year. Lenovo will launch an Indiegogo campaign come January to drum up more developer involvement.


"Our goal is to get more Mods out this year than we did last year, no question," said John Touvannas, Lenovo's Moto Mods director.

These are some rumored Moto Mods, which might become a reality in 2017-


  • E-reading concept and a mod that uses a front-facing speaker (Here's the first look)
  • LED lights to express your mood
  • Game controller
  • Measurement tool
  • Remote control
  • External storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Breathalyzer mod
  • Baby care that measures humidity, temperature, etc.
  • Color sensors for the blind


Via:- Cnet

Moto Mod Could transform Moto Z to a 5G Phone

Moto Mod Could transform Moto Z to a 5G Phone


A day back, we heard that Motorola and Lenovo are working to bring Project Tango to Moto Z Devices via Moto Mod. 

Today, John Touvannas, senior director of Motorola product management has announced to bring new "mod" add-ons for the Moto Z in 2017, few of them includes e-ink displays, a baby monitor, and even a 5G modem.




 "Without having to wait for the next-gen phone that can bring the next technology or capability, we can get to that quicker through the mod" - John Touvannas

According to Motorola, half of the Moto Z owners are using Moto Mods, while about 20% of them is also using Insta-Share Projector and Hasselblad True Zoom camera.



2017 is surely going to be an innovative year for Moto Z owners!

Via:- PCMag

Project Tango Module Probably Coming to the Moto Z

Project Tango Module Probably Coming to the Moto Z


Earlier this year, Lenovo and Google jointly launched World's first Tango Powered Smartphone, the Lenovo Phab Pro 2. But, It looks like the Argument Reality feature will be no-more exclusive to Phab Pro 2 only.

According to PCMag, who spoke with Motorola’s current CEO "Aymar de Lencquesaing", Motorola is likely to introduce Tango-enabled Moto Mod soon to the Moto Z phone



Here's how Project Tango works, You can measure objects with just your phone. Or visualize furniture like a new table or sofa to see how it looks in your home. Or simply play with your virtual pet. Wherever you go with the Tango-enabled Device, there's always more to explore.

The CEO also confirms, Lenovo owns Motorola is shifting its mobile phone products to the Moto brand. 


Via:- PCMag

It's Official: Nougat rolling out for Moto Z and Z Force, adds Daydream support

It's Official: Nougat rolling out for Moto Z and Z Force, adds Daydream support



Few days back, multiple Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force owners reported getting Android 7.0 Nougat update on their Smartphones and the same is now officially confirmed by Motorola.


According to Motorola, Android 7.0 Nougat has begin rolling out to Moto Z and Moto Z Force globally. Android 7.0 comes with hot features, but apart from that, Motorola has also added Google's newest VR "Daydream support" for Moto Z Devices. 

With the upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat, Moto Z and Moto Z Force will be compatible with Daydream, Google’s platform for high-quality, mobile VR. These are the first smartphones from another manufacturer to be recognized by Google as Daydream-ready devices - a distinction given to phones that have been certified for the Daydream platform and are built for VR with
 high-resolution displays, ultra-smooth graphics and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking.

 If you haven't got the update on your Moto Z/Z Force, keep checking because it might hit your doors very soon. 



Source:- Motorola

Moto Z Droid gets Android Nougat update


Hello Nougat...errr... Hello Moto! The new Moto Z smartphones are getting Android 7.0 in the US right now. Today, some users reported they got the update so it should be pushed to all Moto Z Droid and Z Force Droid smartphones in the country.

Unfortunately, we can confirm that the update doesn't include the new boot animation Moto has been teasing these weeks, so it seems that only the GSM versions will be getting that cool power-on animation.






Android Nougat brings split-screen mode, fast app switching, Daydream VR support, brings new emojis, and a much improved battery life.




Though there is no clue on when the rest of the Moto Zs outside the US are getting the update, Motorola promised it would come this quarter, so expect it to arrive soon.



Source

Incipio to release Vehicle Dock Moto Mod soon

Incipio to release Vehicle Dock Moto Mod soon
Image: Samsung 

Earlier today, Mophie announced a new Moto Mod i.e. "Juice Pack", which adds an extra 3000mAh battery to the Moto Z Devices.

It seems that Incipio is planning to launch a Vehicle Dock Moto Mod. This new Moto Mod will allow users to do a hand-free navigation and even use Android Auto while driving.



Here's the first look at Vehicle Dock Moto Mod by Incipio-



Features of Incipio's Vehicle Dock Moto Mod-


  • Magnetic phone mount- Hands-free navigation and calling, audio integration, and charging in a single snap, secures to air vent and connects to your car audio system via Bluetooth or AUX cable.
  • Android Auto compatibility- Simple and intuitive interface and powerful voice controls.
  • 15W fast charging- Hours of power in a 10 minutes car ride 



Rumor: Motorola's 2017 roadmap includes Moto X comeback and a new Moto C

Rumor: Motorola's 2017 roadmap includes Moto X comeback and a new Moto C

Get excited, world. Moto is here. That's what Motorola's latest campaign says. And we should be excited, indeed. HellomotoHK has now leaked the names of all the upcoming devices for the next year.

This includes the typical Moto G, Moto Z, Moto E devices we've seen this year, and those series might be split into Play, Force, Droid and Plus editions. The list also includes the newly announced Moto M series and the iconic Moto X series, which might make a comeback next year. There's also a Moto C, and we feel that name screams low-end smartphone. The full list shows these devices:




  • Moto Z - Motorola
  • Moto X - Lenovo
  • Moto M - Lenovo
  • Moto G - Motorola / Lenovo
  • Moto E - Lenovo / ODM
  • Moto C - Lenovo / ODM


From what we can tell, the Motorola team will be in charge of designing and engineering the Moto Z and Moto G series as always, though the other devices will be handled by Lenovo teams. Everything will be under Motorola Mobility, the company, though. Since late 2015, Motorola has been in charge of designing and manufacturing all the Lenovo MBG devices and this remains.

HellomotoHK also said yesterday's Moto M is in fact a Lenovo project. But from the packaging leaks from previous weeks you can see it says the phone was made by Motorola Mobility. Too hard to understand? Here is a shorter explanation: all Moto phones are still manufactured by Motorola Mobility, though Lenovo teams are working inside Motorola to create the new Moto X, Moto M, Moto E and Moto C devices. Why so many devices? That's because Moto(rola) will be the only Lenovo brand for smartphones from now on.



As for the Moto 360? Well, we know smartwatches haven't been as successful as expected. HellomotoHK said in the comments section that Motorola might sell that business or license the brand rights for watches next year. Knowing Motorola sold its accessories division last year to Binatone, that could possibly be the new home for Moto 360 devices, though nothing is confirmed.


Source

Lenovo sold 1 million Motorola Moto Z globally

Lenovo sold 1 million Motorola Moto Z globally


Back in June, Lenovo announced the Motorola Moto Z. The Moto Z Family bought us Semi-Modular Innovative Smartphones with Moto Mods support. Moto Mods bought unlimited possibilities a smartphone can transform into!

The Modularity Gone right, and Lenovo manages to sell a total of 1,000,000 units of the Motorola Moto Z. The news came from Lenovo's CEO Yang Yuanqing.



Also Read:- Moto Z Play Review


Moto Z and Moto Z Play (Indian Variant) to come with a free Style MOD

Moto Z and Moto Z Play (Indian Variant) to come with a Free Style MOD


Few days back Lenovo launched the Moto Z, Moto Z Play and Moto Mods in India. The Devices will go on sale starting from 17th October on both Flipkart and Amazon.

As far as the Pricing are concerned, The Moto Z costs 39,999 while the Moto Z Play is priced at 24,999. To find more about Pricing and Other Details you can check out our previous post.



Lenovo will be providing a free Style Mod along with the Smartphones, Probably the Wood shell which costs ₹1099 would come inside the box.

As the Flipkart listing (Moto Z/Play) shows-


Sales Package-
Handset, Style MOD, Turbo Power Charger, Wired Headset, Warranty Guide, Getting Started Guide, Legal Guide, SIM Removal Tool




Comment below and Let us know which Moto Z variant you will be buying? Standard Moto Z or Moto Z Play?

Moto Z & Moto Z Play with Moto Mods launched in India, Pricing and Other Details



Lenovo has finally launched the Semi-Modular Moto Z and Moto Z Play along with Moto Mods in India. The Smartphones will go on sale on Amazon India and Flipkart starting on 17th October from 23:59 midnight onwards.

At 39,999/- The  Moto Z is the world's thinnest phone at 5.2mm, comes with a 13MP camera, 4GB of RAM, the snapdragon 820 CPU, and a 5.5" QHD screen.



Talking about The Moto Z Play, Priced at 24,999/- The Device features 5.5" full HD screen, a Snapdragon 625 SoC and a 16MP camera. It's 7mm thin and comes with a headphone jack. In terms of design, it doesn't differ much from the Moto Z, though this one comes with a plastic back.

Along with Moto Z, Lenovo also launched new Moto Mods. The Moto Mods are swap-able accessories which get attached to Moto Z Smartphones via magnet. Moto Mods includes Pico Projector, Pro camera, JBL Speaker, Style Mods and a Battery pack.




Price of Moto Mods-


  • JBL Soundboost speaker- ₹6,999 | Offer Price- ₹5,999
  • Hasselblad True Zoom Camera-  ₹19,999 | Offer Price- ₹14,999
  • Insta Share projector- ₹19,999 | Offer Price- ₹15,999
  • Power pack-  ₹5,999 | Offer Price- ₹4,999
  • Style Shell
    • Wood- ₹1099 | Offer Price- ₹899
    • Leather- ₹1599 | Offer Price- ₹1299

Lenovo is Announcing the Moto Z / Z Play with Moto Mods Today in India, Watch the Event Live Here!



The Moto Z, Moto Z Play and Moto Mods will be officially announced today during a live streamed event from India at 12PM (IST). 



The smartphones will get available on Amazon India from today. To know more about Moto Z and Family, Watch out the Moto Z Launch event with us-



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