We know you can only find Touchless Control on the Moto X, but the always-listening feature isn’t a Motorola exclusive. As a proof-of-concept, the developer behind Focal (the ex-CM camera app), showed off the Nexus 5 with an always-listening feature running in the background. (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 latest app for Motorola’s Moto X and new DROID line (ULTRA, MAXX, and Mini) to hit Google Play is called “Motorola Contextual Services,” an app that is used to help keep other Motorola apps updated. This app in particular provides “core” functionality for the drive, meeting, and sleep detection pieces of Motorola Assist and Touchless Control. In other words, there aren’t any front-facing activities or features for you to play with as you update this app, but it does help out with some of Motorola’s new app collection. (more…)
Motorola pushed out an update to its Touchless Control app through Google Play this afternoon, making it more powerful while your phone is in a locked state with a PIN or password. Additional Google Now commands should now work with your phone sitting idle and locked.
Motorola is also giving you the ability to speak your PIN through Touchless Control and introduced a new tone when you say “OK Google Now.” It does appear to say that this new update is only available to devices running Android 4.4 “Kit Kat,” so the new DROID family is out of luck until Motorola and Verizon can push that out. (more…)
The question of the holiday season, wouldn’t you say? Or for many, the question that needs an answer by tomorrow morning. With Motorola hosting a $150-off deal on Cyber Monday (December 2) for MotoMaker and Developer Edition orders of the Moto X (our review), a number of you have asked us to put together some sort of comparison between it and the Nexus 5 (our review). This might be hard to believe, but for a limited time tomorrow, these two phones will be the same price.
We’re looking at somewhat similar, yet also very different approaches to an Android phone, even though they are technically made by the same company. One focuses on convenience, the other on power and cleanliness. One wants you to design it and make it your own, the other remains subtle even in two color schemes, with the focus on the operating system. One is trying to be as developer friendly as it can, the other is the ultimate device for a tinkerer. Both offer incredible values. Both are updated faster than any other Android phone.
So, which is it – Moto X or Nexus 5? (more…)
Verizon is now selling the DROID Mini in red through its online store, for anyone who has been waiting. As a refresher, the Mini is pretty much the DROID ULTRA, but in a smaller and more-compact package. It features a 4.3″ 720p display, Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,000mAh battery, and a 10MP back-facing camera. It’s a little powerhouse, for sure. In addition, it features all of the Touchless Control and Active Display hotness that comes with the ULTRA and MAXX. (more…)
Ever set your phone down in a room and then completely forget where you left it a few minutes later? Motorola wants to help you find it with their latest update to Touchless Control. With an added “find my phone” command, you can activate an alarm on your phone that plays until you touch the screen. So if you’ve walked away from your device and can’t seem to find your way back to it, simply say, “OK, Google Now…find my phone.” The alarm (and screen above) should activate.
The new update also fixes bugs and improves accessibility access for the visually impaired. Touchless Control works with the Moto X, DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini.
When we posted about Motorola’s Touchless Control app hitting Google Play yesterday, there were many readers that were a little disappointed that it only worked with the new Moto devices. However, Android developers always love to step up and make our days so if you are looking to get some voice control action on your new phone, Open Mic+ is something you need to check out. (more…)