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Moto X Features Highlighted in Leaked Rogers Wireless Launch Video

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This morning, a promo video from Rogers Wireless (a Canadian wireless company) leaked for the upcoming Motorola Moto X, giving us confirmation on some of the new features that will accompany the phone at launch. We’re talking hands-free searches, notifications showing up as information on screen rather than through a notification light, gestures to launch your camera, and more. 

First of all, we get some incredibly clean looks at the device throughout. You can see that it most certainly looks a heck of a lot like a previous Nexus or Google-inspired phones. In fact, when we posted pictures of it on Friday, many of our readers were quick to point out that it almost looks like a Galaxy Nexus. In this clip, your thoughts about that won’t change, especially with the minimal branding and on-screen navigation buttons.

In terms of features, the rumors of the device being able to work hands-free, simply by talking to it, are true. The video shows a woman saying, “OK, Google Now” with the phone fully asleep, yet it wakes and then performs a search. The clip also highlights other Google Now features, like setting an alarm or getting directions, but it may do more than just Google Now searches. As you can see in the image above, there is a list of commands that can be brought up by saying, “Help me.”

The second feature highlight has to do with notifications that will show up on your display in quick flashes, almost like a Daydream. Instead of seeing a blinking notification light that tells you very little, they claim, the screen will flash with the time and show notifications along with it.

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The last feature involves the camera. Motorola built in a motion gesture that can launch the camera by twisting your wrist twice, meaning you don’t have to search out a camera icon or a lock screen button in order to snap a picture. Once in the camera, you can press the screen at any location to take a picture or even hold down to take several picture. On most cameras, touching the screen focuses on an area, but Motorola seems to have decided that’s not needed? Kind of odd, and I’m hoping there is a change for that in settings.

And that’s most of what you’ll see below. Oh, and ignore the mention of it being a Rogers exclusive, that’s only for Canada (unless you are Canadian and not a Rogers customer). We are fully expecting this phone to launch on all major U.S. carriers.

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  • sc0rch3d

    I CRINGE at the thought of all time listening service both in privacy arena and admin security policy (specifically that it could be disabled unless a PIN is entered)

  • AC

    how many phones are going to fly out of peoples hands during the wrist flick?

  • chris420o

    I mean i have mixed feelings for this notification light system…on one hand i can see this as being a pretty good idea and a cool implementation and twist on a common cellphone feature since cell phones first come out…its different and i can see the dev community giving us dif colors and what not…and if it has no effect on bat then i can see why they went this way….but on the other hand i loved the notification light on the gnex and even more so on my razr hd something about having a big led on a phone makes it look cool i almost wish someone would go the next stem n put a lil rope light around the edge of the phone n light it wth led something real suttle that pops…i guess we see
    on another note please but an sd card or make this 32g…and please have an excellent screen…the always listening feature is a cool one i been waiting for someone to jump on im glad moto got it before apple did bc i def see em doing this with siri…i truly hope this baby runs smooth as silk like jb should be ios still has a lil more smoothness n flow to it then android i want that

    • chris420o

      u can tell im bored at work…

  • Jeff C

    They couldn’t find a better looking woman in Canada?

    • chris420o

      lol this^
      Im from new york and almost every vacation i go on with my friends i fall in love with some drop dead gorgeous sweet as sugar canadian girl n wonder why im still living in ny…yet they put this troll in their video

  • Adam Truelove

    Um, so it’s not stock Android then?

    • chris420o

      it stock with extra features…whats the problem with that

  • Ryan Stewart

    If it turns out they can implement the “always on” Google Now without killing the battery then I will really be hopeful this makes it into the Nexus. I use the hell out of the voice actions and if it could work to only listen to me then it would be something I would use.

    My phone sits on my desk on the wireless charger, if I could interact with it without even moving it/touching it that would be handy.

  • Jason Kahn

    Looks like some cool features but that camera looks like a nightmare to operate. In that it rewrites how we have all learned to use our cameras.

  • TheCraiggers

    “Google. Images of child porn.”

    ‘Nuff said.

    • chris420o


      • TheCraiggers

        Why what? Why is the sky blue? Why does beer taste so gross to me? Why am I replying to your post?

        I only know the answer to one of those.

  • MrBigStuff

    How do you focus the camera if tapping anywhere takes a picture?

    • beng8686

      Did you not see how she pressed and held to focus?

      • MrBigStuff

        She said press and hold to take multiple photos in a row.

  • GreenBob

    @Bionic Listen man I think your buddy Sarge is off his nut if he thinks Motorola is gonna release a new, higher specd version of this phone in October. From a busoness perspective it is idiotic. They are going to spend millions of dollars trying to market THIS phone and they won’t make the same mistake with cannibalizing it like they did with the Bionic with the Razr. This phone is bringing something different to the table and I for one am quite excited. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a spec junky as well (I was actually thinking about buying the G2 for a bit). But this phone is completely endorsed by Google and, for me at least, is enough to justify a purchase. I mean I don’t think Google would dare to dissapoint us. They know what’s on the line.