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Video: Demo of Active Touch, “OK Google Now,” and Quick Camera on the DROID ULTRA


During our time this morning with the new lineup of DROID phones – the DROID ULTRA, MAXX, and Mini – we had a chance to be taken through a demo of three of what will likely be their most talked about features. In the short clip below, Motorola reps walk through Active Touch, using “OK Google Now” to accomplish hands-free tasks, and new camera functionality like Quick Camera.

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  • SemahjLam

    lol “mini” i remember when 4.3 inches was huge and amazing

  • SemahjLam

    lol “mini” i remember when 4.3 inches was huge and amazing

  • SkylaC90

    Must… resist… temptation to buy Droid Maxx….. ahhhhhhh

  • MKader17

    @0:46 and we also have the…. *crap that’s my Moto X! I put the mini in my back pocket, grab it reall quick and…* the Droid Mini!

  • termiNader

    So much better than all the advertisable gimmicks that Samsung features on the S4

  • Andrew T Roach

    Im really glad that Moto is focusing on performance because my friend’s Droid RAZR HD was a complete laggy mess.

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  • Jared Krinsky

    All I want is the OK Google Now functionality on my S4, but the battery would be nice as well.

  • droidrazredge

    What is different about these phones compared to the Moto X ? If you put the Droid Ultra against the Moto X what will be key differences in performance and software that we know so far ? From the demonstration video these phones seem to operate just like the Moto X.

    • tyguy829

      This is just speculation until August 1 of course, but I assume the Moto X will be $300 off contract, have an unlocked bootloader, 4.7″ screen (with on-screen buttons), and have priority over the droids for updates.

  • OreoMan

    Hmmm…everyone gets on a plane and shuts off their devices (a.k.a. turns on airplane mode). Smart-ass waits until mid-flight to yell, “Okay, Google Now…turn airplane mode off!” That would be an interesting flight as everyone scrambles to silence all the text and call notifications that are now coming through.

    • S2556

      I was wondering about similar situations. Like in the middle of a lecture hall some random person says “Okay, Google Now… Call Droid”

      • moto magic

        its trained 🙂 responds to you and only you

    • SemahjLam

      I’m pretty sure you won’t get reception mid flight lol

    • SemahjLam

      I’m pretty sure you won’t get reception mid flight lol

  • Richard

    How is this phone going to differentiate different voices? I would hate to see someone talk to my phone and make it do things I don’t want it to do.

    • Gibbs

      The verge has a video up of it differentiating between voices

  • But motorolla only sale on USA only.. No international model..

    Always droid.. droid.. and droid!!!!

  • James Hill

    They release 3 new DROID phones, and not one of them has a physical keyboard, WTF?

  • awesome

    Active notifications is awesome, I can instantly know from the notification icon what type of notification it is without having to decode the color of notification light and Looks like I can quickly check my messages from lock screen without having to turn ON display and waking up the phone entirely ..sounds like a great battery saver too as I always dont have to wake up phone to check the notification and read the message. And it also displays Time, Wake up phone ton’s of times to check time ..Now I dont have to press power power key and wake up the phone to check time ..sounds like great feature too me ..I cant wait to try these phone directly at store ..

    • Josh Shaw

      Green for texts, Red for GMail, Blue for Facebook, Cyan For Twitter. How hard is that?

      • guest

        sure ..put that on a sticky note and memorize it for ever, and make sure you update your list when you add new instant messaging apps/email account to your phone .To me the whole concept of looking at notification light color and decoding the notification type looks like a primitive experience, Im sure this is not going to last for ever, few years from now people will talk about ..you remember those when we use to look at colors and determine the notifcation type ..

        • Allan

          You might need to take some memory pills if you can’t remember the notification color of apps that you see on a daily basis. I could name every single notification I have and what color represents it. It’s really not that hard. After having the Galaxy Nexus, I wouldn’t get any phone without multi-colored LED notifications. A quick glance and I know exactly what notification it is and I don’t have to wait for the phone to slowly pulse the notification on the screen.

          • moto magic

            cool, you memorize colors, ill just read what comes in on my phone without lighting up the entire screen… sounds better than memorizing colored blinking lights… I’m not Pavlov’s dog, afterall

          • SkylaC90

            love the name bro, wonder if I can say that instead of OK Google Now

          • SemahjLam

            one of the few things I don’t like about htc phones coming from a gs3…but i still love my one

          • SemahjLam

            one of the few things I don’t like about htc phones coming from a gs3…but i still love my one

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        what color does it blink when u have a notification from Gmail, facebook, twitter, and a text?

        • Josh Shaw

          I don’t have that many friends.

        • Allan

          It cycles through them at whatever rate you want.

      • Whatawood

        Voicemail, Missed Call, G+ notifications, Hangout chats, Calendar Events, Reminders, Snapchat, Google Now notifications, Low Battery, The TIME.
        It can get ridiculous, quick.
        Galaxy Nexus (toro) CM10.1.2 LeanKernel 7.1 w/lightflow owner.

    • Droid Ronin

      It will blink the icon on the display and when you tap and hold, you can see a preview of the notification at the top of the screen. You can then swipe up to open the app or swipe left/right to dismiss.

    • sk102704

      I’m interested to see if this will help. The light on my phone is pretty much blinking all the time and I never know what’s its for so I ignore it most of the time.

  • LewisSD

    So when will they be updating last year’s models?

  • Ant

    Okay VIVA MOVIL !!! [Sorry Just Had To LoL]

  • Useful_Camera

    The double wrist flick and quick capture will be super useful for people who like to take pics of their pets doing funny things. I’ve missed so many photo opps cause I couldn’t get my phone out, unlocked, and camera app up to catch a funny photo of my nutty dog.

    • Chris

      Not to mention kids. I swear, if the low light on this is good, between that and the quick capture, i’d probably take more pics of my children honestly. It’s so hard to get a good picture of them.

  • XvierX

    Impressive. I’m sure we’ll see similar features on the Moto X. Personally, I prefer the looks of the Moto X compared to the new Droid phones. I will still need to see what the Moto X has to offer in terms of battery life and off contract pricing.

    • michael arazan

      Also what about the Flagship device Moto is suppose to unveil in October that every site wrote about back in may?

  • spiffyduds

    COMPLETELY unrelated, but I like the wallpaper on that phone. Is it a LWP or just a photo? Anyone know?

  • Tim242

    Voice control is a gimmick. I got so furious about Google Now not understanding half of what I said, I uninstalled it.

    • Guest

      I would say i have about 95%+ accurcy with google voice actions

      • guesswhat123

        I always use google now voice commands, to check stock price while driving, checking weather forcecasts, launching pandora.. ..works flawlessly,I have more than 90% accuracy

        • Droid Ronin

          In the early releases, they had built in a feature where you say “What’s up” and the phone would read you the time,date, and current notifications. They had since removed this feature though.

        • Tim242

          It works for stuff like that. For searches and questions, not so much.

          • Steve Benson

            You’re holding it wrong

    • Fozzybare

      it understands pretty much everything i say.

      • Steve Benson

        Same here.

    • jose

      You must talk the same way you type…like an IDIOT.

      • Tyler Durden


      • Steve Benson

        I’m glad you said it so I didn’t have to

      • Tim242

        Haha. You call me an idiot. What are you, 10? You are the one that thinks 4 MP can create a crisp image full of detail.

    • Defenestratus

      You are literally the only person who cannot get it to understand you. I am constantly impressed by how it interprets what I dictate properly. I couldn’t live without voice recognition now.

    • RoadsterHD1

      Do you have an accent or lifs

    • moto magic

      Its way more efficient and accurate than siri and galaxy s voice….

  • Weber

    The camera looks like it auto-focuses pretty quickly

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    The “call my Droid” is reason enough to get this phone. Holy crap that is awesome, especially since I lose my phone all the freakin time.

    • agreed. most impressive feature of the demo.

    • sk102704

      I’m looking for my phone right now

  • Caleb Loop

    That clock widget looks so cheesy with the Droid eye for the chrome ring. Haha

  • mustbepbs

    I can picture a bank heist with your DROID phone. Once you’re ready for the stop and drop, you say:


    And it’s on.

  • Tyler Durden

    That’s cool, i’ll wait for next years rehash

  • MichaelFranz

    im moderately to highly impressed. its something new which hasnt been seen before

    • zepfloyd

      …and actually works properly in the demo without looking sluggish or gimmicky.

      • LionStone

        That reminds me of someone doing a demo of the ‘hover’ feature for the S4 and it wouldn’t work…funny stuff! 🙂

  • Seth Merritt

    Why OK Google Now? What happened to OK Google or just Google???

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Same thing I’m saying… it’s a bit stupid. Also hope we can change what the phone responds to.

      • red014

        If I could have it respond when I say “OK, listen up, bitch!” then I’d buy this phone. Period.

      • I also hope the trigger phrase can be changed. Imagine the confusion in a home (or office) w/multiple Droid and/or X devices.

        • Aaron

          According to an article on the The Verge once it learns your voice it only responds to your commands.

    • Tyler Durden

      booooo hooooooo

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Oh shut up.

        • Tyler Durden

          Right cause this dude is complaining about one word

          • MichaelFranz

            again like it was said before, someone needs to swap out to google AI voice with Jarvis from iron Man

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            He’s complaining about 3… it’s a bit much. Why not just Ok Google… or just Google?

          • Tyler Durden

            Laziness at it’s finest i guess

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Not about Laziness it’s about basic efficiency

          • Fattie McDoogles

            It’s not efficient if it is constantly being activated. Google is in the dictionary now for a reason. We “Google” things. Its very common and if you’re not saying it someone around you is saying it. I tell people to google things or to use Google at least 10 times a day. It’s a common phase. Again you may not say it a lot but the rest of the world does.

          • Monster Man

            for a device to memorize your voice and respond to only you I am guessing it needs more than just one word… ok google now is still faster than picking up your stupid iphone, hitting the siri button and then having to repeat yourself because voice recognition sucks… and the Galaxy series voice recognition is even worse, less than 50% accuracy…. OK Google Now is not that difficult to say.

          • CasperTFG

            Or, “OK Computer”.

          • MichaelFranz

            i read this and thought of this…..


          • JasonWhite

            Stop all the downloading!!!

          • sk102704

            Great album!

          • KenBarnum

            I think its prob because people say google a lot. My xbox kinect gets REALLY annoying when I’m watching something and a similar word ON the show activates the Kinect…A longer phrase would prevent that

          • Fattie McDoogles

            Because “Google” and “Ok, Google” are far to commonly used. With always on voice commands you want it to be something distinct that you don’t have to worry about someone saying. That way its not constantly being activated.

    • Zargh

      Yeah, up this this point Google have never called the voice component “Google Now”, they reserved it for the predictive cards. At IO they even mentioned they were modelling Google itself after the Star trek computer, and prediction (Google Now) is just one part of that.

      Either they gave up because people kept writing about it as if it was Siri so decided to rebrand it, or Motorola didn’t get the memo and made a mistake.

    • Joseph J Pfister

      My guess is because the phone is always listening… Google and Google Now might be commonly said phrases. Not only by the phone owner, but even by others just in passing. “OK Google Now” isn’t something I commonly hear. …again, just a guess.

    • Droid Ronin

      OK Google or just Google would be more likely to inadvertently caused the Always On trigger to start. OK Google Now would be the safe(r) voice trigger.

    • King Lo

      Because when I’m arguing with my wife and I say “OK, Google it” I don’t want my phone to turn on.