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Motorola Moto Voice Adds Onto The Greatness That Is Touchless Control

September 5, 2014 - Written By Phil Bourget

Motorola has unveiled some of its newest toys, gadgets, and features and we will be covering all of them, but I want to bring down the hype and fanfare to a per-app basis.  Many of the Moto X’s features and signature apps are in the form of apps, and those apps are updated through the Google Play Store.  Motorola was then able to roll out updates whenever there was a stable fix or upgrade that they wanted to send out, but didn’t necessarily want to send a full firmware over-the-air update (like from Android 4.4.3 to 4.4.4). Now, the feature of Play Store system apps continues with the Moto X (2nd Generation) and the touchless control app that Motorola sent out on the first generation.  The app, first off, will come on board the new Moto X, but will be renamed to Moto Voice.  One of the things that is likely to be accepted with great gratitude by users and owners of the device will be the ability to call the phone what you want, instead of needing to say ‘OK Google Now’ to activate the device.

With the new Moto Voice, you can customize the launch phrase, as mentioned, and the app now allows connection with YouTube, Facebook, and Whatsapp for those times you want to find a video for a friend, post about their reaction, or tell your other friend across the city about the video (perhaps the one below?). The other new features of Moto Voice are the ability to turn on the ‘Talk to Me’ and other modes using a voice command instead of requiring a toggle, support for the new Moto 360 and Moto Hint, as well as more bug fixes (as with every update, it seems).  The interesting part is not that the update is coming, nor the renaming of the service, but the note given to tide over the current Moto X, Droid Maxx, Mini, and Ultra users.

“For Moto X (1st generation), Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, and Droid Ultra users, stay tuned for updates to Moto Voice / Touchless Control soon” is what is noted after the initial feature showcase.  But what does that mean for owners of those devices?  It likely means they will have to wait until after the new Moto line of devices launch (to maintain the reason to actually buy one instead of its last iteration siblings).  But does it perhaps mean ‘you might not actually get these features past the device compatibility.  We will only know the real meaning as time goes on, so sit tight and stay tuned for more Moto news as the day goes on.