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Touchless Control Updated, Let’s You Ask Your Phone “What’s Up?”

Motorola updated their Touchless Control app this evening to include a feature that allows you to ask your phone “What’s up?” in order to hear what your current notification situation is like. By asking “Ok, Google Now, what’s up?” your phone will read the time followed by notifications back to you, letting you decide if any are important enough to act upon. You can see the new feature in action through the video below.

The update also enhanced end-of-speech detection to improve accuracy and fixed bugs.

The update is live right now on Google Play, so if you own a Moto X, DROID ULTRA, MAXX, or Mini, be sure to download it. 

What’s New

– Enhanced end-of-speech detection for improved accuracy and faster responses
– New “What’s Up” / “Read Notifications” voice command that reads out new notifications so you never miss a thing
– “What’s Up” / “Read Notifications” fully launched for U.S. English, Spanish, and Italian and in beta for other languages / regions.
– Compatible only with Android 4.4 KitKat
– Bug fixes

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Cheers Tim and Jovi!
  • vgergo

    This app “Touchless Notifications Free” puts this “What’s up” functionality on any Android phone: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.viczian.notifications.free

  • Guest

    Touchless Notifications Free

  • Guest

    This app “Touchless Notifications Free” puts this “What’s up” functionality on any Android phone: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.viczian.notifications.free

  • needa

    maybe in a future update it will ask us if we want to respond.

  • MSlab

    So I just tried this over my lunch break and he helpful voice repeatedly announced to me that it was “12:03 am”. When I try it now it says “12:38 pm”.

  • Averix

    I love this feature of the Droid/Moto X line. I’ve used this so many times. I wake up, my phone is still sound asleep and i just ask “OK, Google Now. What’s the forecast for today?” and it reads it out. I seriously hope this functionality becomes mainstream in manufacturers hardware. That little background chip that monitors when sleeping is a wonderful addition.

  • Dt Bell

    I hope it spreads through all of Android..dom

  • They should add a volume adjuster unique to only Google now as opposed to grouping it in the “Ringtones and Notifications” category.

    • Kris Cortez

      I agree. The damn voice can be pretty loud

  • Do they have programmable phrases yet? … open voicemail via “what he/she want?”, open etrade app “so what’s the damage?” …

  • Brett Wcislo

    Wait, how do you get it to say your name?

    • Bryan

      It says my name randomly, not sure how it chooses when to say it.

      • Brett Wcislo

        I wanna know how to do this, it sounds petty, but it’s awesome lol. It’s NEVER said my name.

        • NexusMan

          ? Really? It, says my name all the time. And it displays my name in print all the time too.

        • chase1963

          If your first name is in your Gmail address it automatically knows what to say. Works great on my X!

          • Brett Wcislo

            My first name is in my email address, but it’s mashed in with other stuff as well. Maybe I should try a different format?

        • Robert Macri

          Under contacts there is a card for “me”.

          • Brett Wcislo

            I have that filled out.

    • Lucas

      You must link you Google Plus account in order to say your name.
      Easiest way is to scroll down the notification bar with two fingers and select the first square and then link your account.

      • Brett Wcislo

        Did that. Didn’t work.

  • Shaun

    A cool feature I discovered today (which I am sure I am way behind on) is asking Google Now to discover the artist & names of songs that you hear on the radio.

    • NexusMan

      Yes, I’ve been using that for quite some time. Very cool, indeed.

  • Nikuliai

    Tested in spanish a while ago, just came here to say it works aswell and that it’s kinda awesome :B

  • tu3218

    Love my moto X! Don’t miss my S4 at all. Everyone was right when they said it’s a completely different smart phone experience.

    • chalker

      I’m in the same exact boat! Amazing phone!

    • Ralph Bretz

      Same here. Sold both S4’s I got as upgrades. Got a Moto X for me and a Droid Ultra for the wife.

    • Brandon

      I use the X as my daily phone but every time I pick up my S4 I miss the beautiful screen and second guess selling it….

  • elyssa doom

    Lets** not let’s

  • J2886M

    I miss my X, my Moto X… only thing that bothers me from my switch from big red to T-Mo, couldn’t swing up front cost of one after the switch so went with the N5 then my G2… anyways miss my” X”

    • Kevin

      I’m so sorry.

  • Chris Bice

    Give us the ability to use a custom launch phrase!

    • Ralph Bretz

      I thought I saw that some people have already changed it to a custom phrase. Thought I saw this on G+ community. Moto X community.

    • Van

      Uh you already can use any launch phrase you want. o_O

      • Brandon

        You can? how?

        • Van

          When setting it up, rather than use the predefined “Ok, Google Now!” phrase, use whatever you want. At the moment I have mine set to “Ok, Jarvis”

          • Scott

            How do you do that exactly?

          • Averix

            Yeah, I’ve never had any luck doing a different phrase. It’s looking for those words and doing a different phrase seems to confuse it.

          • Chris Bice

            Same problem here. Phone wants those words , and won’t accept others.

          • Brandon

            No sh!t? I definitely didn’t see that option. Is there any way to change it after the fact?

          • Van

            Sure, just go to Settings > Touchless Control and you can change it as many times as you want.

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  • Joe Doe

    And it’ll read your notifications out loud to you… Tested it from my wife’s phone. Pretty neat hearing my phone say “new hangouts message, from Jane doe, suck it bitch”

    • Kevin

      This would help out for those people who can’t put the phone down while driving. Not that I encourage people to use the phone while driving.

      • MK17

        It’s very nice when you have bluetooth setup to your speakers and you can practically do anything without looking at the phone.

  • Its kinda awesome how as soon as I read this article, I checked my Moto X and the update has already been downloaded / installed and is ready to roll! Wow, what a long way we’ve come since the days of my old Thunderbolt when we had to wait WEEKS just to get minor updates! Kudos Motorola!

    • AbbyZFresh

      Same thing happened with me. Just as i clicked on the article i already saw the download checkmark box on my notifications regarding Touchless Control.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “What’s App”?

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  • Ronald Bernard

    I miss mine. Nexus 5 is nice but I miss all those cool little features.

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      Yeah, the Moto X essentially had all the features Kitkat should’ve had (including a do not disturb mode), but didn’t. Perhaps when Google finishes turning G+ into a photo editor, they’ll get around to adding this stuff to stock.

      • imlip

        “adding this stuff to stock” Sorry but they won’t add it to stock. Motorola is Motorola. Google is Google. Motorola exclusive features will stay with Motorola.

        • Tom

          They might integrate some of the more popular features. You don’t know what Google will implement in the future.

  • Mmmm, some of that Touchless Control Goodness.

    • Kevin

      Moto X phone, best phone.

      • Ralph Bretz

        Besides the nice features it has. Active Display and Touchless Controls. But the fact that Motorola has a hands on approach with assisting consumers. There’s a good number of them in Google+ communities listening and helping. Asking for advice. You can go back through the conversations and see their hands on approach. Before Moto announced that unlocking the dev units would no longer void warrenties it was discussed there.

    • Joshua Seeley

      What is the notification thing at the end of his video? Is that a supplemental app to active notifications?

  • jnt

    Great feature – there have been multiple times where I’ve thought it would be great to say, “Ok google now, check my texts” (like Siri does), and this is even better / more broad.

    • Scott H

      I can’t believe you got a tattoo on your… I’m an Android guy, but that commercial cracks me up. 🙂

  • T4rd

    This update must cure AIDS now since the Moto X already cured cancer when it launched.

    • trd105

      No No No. This is the herpes cure update. The AIDS one is supposed to come out with the next flavor of android.

    • Kevin

      It cured my arthritis.

    • James Burkett

      Why you hating on the Moto X?

      • T4rd

        Not hating. Just slightly annoyed by every article vaguely related to the Moto X always turns into a huge circle-jerk about it.

        • Scott

          So… quit clicking on Moto X articles?

          • T4rd

            Nah, I’d rather come into them and make fun of you. 😉

        • jhlinka

          You’re right, but it’s nothing new. Replace Moto X with Nexus and we’d be having the same conversation a year ago.

  • AbbyZFresh

    And i just got the update as i clicked on this article.

    Yay Motorola. Too bad it’s the end of the road for you by next year.

    • Eric R.

      It might still be a great device. Smartphone technology has significantly slowed over the past year.

      • Drooblz

        All about the megapixels and cores!

      • Jeff C

        I think he was referring to the upcoming acquisition by Lenovo. I’m cautiously optimistic about Motorola continuing the trend they just started.

  • Albert

    Dang, this device just keeps getting better…