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Made for the Moto X? Motorola Connect Chrome add-on shown off ahead of new smartphone launch

Motorola has leaked a Chrome browser add-on ahead of the eagerly anticipated launch of its new Moto X smartphone.

Motorola Connect, available now on the Chrome Web Store, allows users to see text messages and calls coming into a phone that has the extension enabled.

The interface looks similar to Google’s Hangouts feature. It's potentially more extensive, though, as text messages can be synced and then sent from the Chrome browser.

It can be used in a separate window to Chrome and features card alerts similar to the Google Now service, according to TNW.

How long the Connect add-on remains competitive is questionable, as text messaging will be arriving on Hangouts soon and third-party services, such as SnapPea, already offer something similar on devices.

Connect also allows the Motorola smartphone owner to see who’s calling their phone so they can decide whether to reach over and answer it or not.

The upcoming Moto X smartphone, as well as the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini - which so far look like US-only devices - support the add-on.

Motorola’s Moto X is the smartphone that everyone has been talking about in the tech space with a much anticipated launch event taking place in New York City later this evening.

The new smartphone is expected to include a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU. Its display is rumoured to have a 4.7in screen with a 1,184 x 720 pixel resolution and may feature ‘Magic Glass’ - a Corning Gorilla Glass derivative that wraps around the device's edge.

Storage-wise, the device will have 16GB built-in but no microSD card slot. It does feature NFC however, and is widely expected to run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.