Lenovo is working with Amazon to get the Alexa voice assistant into a range of Motorola smartphones, and in the process, looking to depose Google’s voice assistant technology.
The partners will first focus on developing an Alexa “Mod,” a block that will attach to a Moto Z modular handset. The companies will then integrate Alexa directly into a variety of Moto handsets and devices, Lenovo said during a press conference in Barcelona on Sunday.
The Moto Z is much like Google’s Project Ara, where individual parts like speakers and projectors can be added to boost the functionality of the handset.
The exact details of the Alexa Mod for Moto Z weren’t provided, but an onstage image showed a speaker that could hook up to the handset. It looked like a flatter and curved version of Amazon’s Echo or Echo Dot.