Motorola Updates Contextual Services Too, Teases New Release Next Week

Motorola updated Contextual Services for the Moto X and DROID line this morning, in addition to the update to Modality Services that we saw yesterday. The update adds “support for location detection,” improves driving detection using audio (similar to what the Modality update did), and fixes bugs.

Motorola doesn’t appear to be done, though. In a post to G+, Mark Rose (senior director product management) told us to expect another release next week that Motorola thinks we will “really enjoy.” Tough to tell if it’s related to the updates to Contextual and Modality services or not, but either way, we have something to look forward to from Moto next week.  (more…)

Verizon XLTE Phones, Tablets, and Hotspots

With Verizon XLTE expected to be announced on May 19, we have had a number of readers ask about which phones will be able to take advantage of the upgraded speeds. As you may have guessed, most of Verizon’s phones that have been released within the last year are compatible. All they need is support for Band 4 LTE, which is the AWS spectrum that Big Red is pumping into cities to create this XLTE coverage. Phones like the Galaxy S5 and S4, Moto X, DROID ULTRA and MAXX, and One (M8) are all going to be a part of the fun.

Below, you will find a solid list of the types of phones that will work with XLTE, courtesy of our sources.  (more…)

Motorola XT912A is Back in Benchmarks, This Time With 5.2-inch 1080p Display (New Moto X?)

Any chance you remember last year’s mega-leak in March of a Motorola device under the model number XT912A that turned out to be the Moto X? The phone appeared in a full hands-on video that gave us an insanely early and clean look some five months before the phone was officially unveiled. Well, a potentially new Motorola device under that same model number XT912A is back, though this time only in benchmarks over at GFXBench with updated specs.  (more…)

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.  (more…)

Motorola’s Active Display and Assist See Minor Updates

Because Motorola separated out the best features from the Moto X and new DROID line as stand-alone apps, they continue to update them regularly through Google Play. Today, we’re seeing updates for both Assist and Active Display. Neither of the updates is huge, but they do fix bugs and introduce subtle features that will only help add polish to the experience.

With Active Display, users can now control whether or not the phone vibrates when tapping on a notification. It should also honor whatever the system vibration settings have been set at. With Assist, troubleshooting of drive mode audio issues when connected to Bluetooth becomes a reality, along with better handling of “available” status and the triggering of meeting mode.

Both updates are live on Google Play now.  (more…)