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…)

Motorola Migrate Update Adds iCloud Support

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.

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Motorola Assist Update Adds Voice Reply to Texts While Driving

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…)

Motorola Appears to be Pushing Kit Kat to the DROID MAXX and ULTRA Again

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…)

Deals: LG G2, HTC One, and DROID ULTRA All $449 at Verizon

Our first story to kick off 2014 dropped yesterday morning, thanks to an announcement from Motorola that the Moto X would be priced at $399 off-contract going forward. As you can imagine for a phone that is on our list as the top Android phone of 2013, a permanent price cut to Nexus levels is pretty major news. But so you are aware, the Moto X at $399 isn’t the only good deal in town. Verizon, for example, has three other top tier phones listed at $449 off-contract.  (more…)

Reports of DROID MAXX/ULTRA Kit Kat Update Bricking Phones Arrive, Update Pulled for Now?

On December 19, Verizon announced that the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini were all ready to receive their updates to Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.” Initially, a group of our readers claimed to have received the update on that very same day, however, it appears as if Motorola and Verizon have pulled the update due to some pretty serious issues. No official word on a stoppage has been handed out at this time, but from reading both comment threads on our update post and in various forums, it’s pretty obvious that the update hasn’t arrived on phones in days.  (more…)