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The crowdfunded Moto Z Keyboard Mod has been canceled

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Clifford Ketcham
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After securing almost $170,000 in funding for its Keyboard Mod, UK-based startup Livermorium just threw in the towel.

However, Livermorium vowed to keep the QWERTY dream alive, announcing plans to launch its own keyboard-equipped smartphone, codenamed the Q-device.

The Keyboard Mod was supposed to turn Moto Z devices into five-row landscape QWERTY sliders, in the vein of the old Motorola Backflip.

The $99 Mod was supposed to ship to backers earlier this year, but, following repeated delays, Livermorium announced this week that it’s pulling the plug on it.

But Livermorium also cited issues that are inherent to the product and should’ve been caught very early in the design process.

For instance, the Keyboard Mod would have been too thick and heavy, even if the device was made of plastic, instead of the premium materials Livermorium initially promised.

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