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Motorola releases developers kit for Moto Z's modular accessories

Now developers can create magnetic, modular accessories for the Moto Z on their own.

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Now that Motorola's newest flagship phones, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, are available today at Verizon, Motorola is releasing a developers kit so that developers can design and create more modular accessories for the handsets.

Known as Moto Mods, these accessories stick magnetically to the back of the Moto Zs and add extra functionality to the devices. Aside from several decorative back covers, an audio speaker, a few battery packs and an image projector are all available now.

The kit snaps on the back of a Moto Z (which developers will have to purchase separately) and costs $125.

Currently, Verizon is the only carrier that sells both handsets. The Moto Z Force will remain a Verizon-only exclusive, but an unlocked Moto Z (which will work on GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile) will be available in the fall from Motorola.

If you plan on getting it on Verizon, the carrier has a few promotions going on. If you trade in your old, workable phone for a Moto Z, you can get up to $300 off; and if you're new to Verizon altogether, you can get up to $650 off. In addition, when you buy a Moto Mod, you'll get 20 percent off each additional Mod you purchase.