Motorola updated their camera app today for the Moto X, DROID ULTRA, MAXX, and Mini, to allow users to take photos using the volume button. Previously, you could only take photos by tapping the screen, so Motorola decided to give you all an option, in case you happen to like physically pressing a button.
And that’s pretty much all the update does. The rest is bug fixes.
Motorola confirmed back in November that it would bring a Kit Kat (Android 4.4) update to the DROID RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, and RAZR M, but we’re four months removed from that announcement and haven’t seen any movement towards new software pushing. Or did we just get exactly what we needed to see? Select members of Motorola’s Feedback Network (MFN) received invites within the last 24 hours to “test drive” something. (more…)
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…)
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…)
Prepare your iOS devices for migration to Android, dear iPhone users. Motorola added iCloud support to its Migrate app this afternoon to help you bring over contacts and calendar events as you join the Android army.
For those new to Migrate, the app is only available to the Moto X, Moto G, DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini. Once installed, it will walk you through the process of transferring your important info from old phone to new phone. With thew new update, you’ll have to choose initially whether you transferring from an iPhone or an Android device.
They also fixed bugs in the update.
Just before 2013 ended, a couple of soak tests began for the DROID 4 and original RAZR/RAZR MAXX. We assumed, knowing the age of each device, that the updates would be incredibly minor and probably include connectivity fixes and bloatware. We were right on the connectivity part, however, Verizon has surprised us by not removing or adding any new services that few find useful. Hands to the sky, as updates for all devices are rolling out now.
There are connectivity fixes in store, though, for all three devices. Each has been given a fix to improve connectivity “while roaming abroad.” Data roaming in Canada on GSM/UMTS networks is also now supported. And last, security fixes were tossed in, meaning root users should proceed with caution as always.
The full changelogs are below. (more…)
Motorola pushed out an update to its Assist app this afternoon with one major new feature – the ability to reply to SMS messages using just your voice. Even though Assist could already read your text messages aloud and offer a quick reply while you were behind the wheel, this new addition gives you much more control.
The update also improved driving detection and will now automatically launch your favorite music app while driving (Why did I think it already did this?). (more…)
After prepping and beginning to push the Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” update to the DROID MAXX and ULTRA back in mid-December, word spread of a group of devices potentially being bricked and needing revival support from Motorola. All signs pointed towards the update being pulled while Motorola looked into the situation, though no official word ever confirmed that. As of this morning, we are starting to hear from readers who have received the same update (build 19.5.3), which could mean that Moto has worked out all of the kinks. (more…)