Motorola's OneCompute Moto Mod could turn Android phone into PC, like Windows 10 Continuum

Motorola's OneCompute prototype Moto Mod takes the concept behind Windows 10's Continuum feature—the ability to project a Windows phone onto a PC—and ports it to Android. Shown at parent company Lenovo's Tech World exhibition Thursday in San Francisco, OneCompute could further blur the line between smartphone and desktop.

OneCompute is conceived as one of the magnetic Moto Mods add-ons that can clip on to Motorola's new phone, the Moto Z, announced Thursday. The OneCompute technology uses that Moto Mod as a wireless bridge to a wired dock. The dock communicates with a traditional monitor, providing a desktop-like experience.

Officially, Motorola employees said OneCompute is part of the Moto Mods Developer Kit, designed to show off the power of Moto Mods and lure third parties to the platform. But both the Moto Mod and dock itself are branded and have the appearance of near-final hardware. Without lengthy tests, it’s difficult to tell what, if any, bugs may have crept in. But my gut says that Motorola plans to ship this as a product, and soon.
The company authored a OneCompute management app and built separate AMP Connect and AMP Disconnect apps. (A demo video that the company created—and which is in our attached video, above—shows that one of the advantages of OneCompute is the ability to dock and undock a video, while streaming, without needing to restart it.)

Watch  how Motorola's OneCompute clip-on Moto Mod works :

Two pieces still have to fall into place: Motorola needs to ensure that the OneCompute solution works, and cheaply—and that includes the price of the Moto Mod and the dock, too.  Unfortunately, combining a wireless charging pad, USB ports, and an HDMI connection will probably push up the price considerably higher than the $30 or so I'd prefer. Still, the OneCompute concept means that Android phones could increasingly pressure Windows PCs—bad news for Microsoft, maybe, but a win for consumers.

Consumers can be finicky about such things as plugging in cables, and the $99.99 price Microsoft charges for its wired Display Dock means that probably only a tiny subset of users bought one for work and home. Plopping your phone onto a wireless charging dock that also connects to your monitor, though, seems a lot more appealing.

source : PCWorld, Mark Hachman(YouTube)

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