More Moto X smart features surface, including active notifications and phone tracking

July 24, 2013

    Rogers Moto X video leak

    More Moto X features have been described by a publication with access to the device, some of them never discussed by previous leaks and rumors.

    Android Police has continued its Moto X “teardown” (after looking at specs, camera specs and posting a boot animation video) and revealed some of the features of the handset that haven’t made it into existing reports.

    Here’s what features you can expect from the handset:

    • TouchLess Control: The feature is also found in the new Verizon Droids and lets users issue voice-based commands to the handset – the Rogers video has already demoed this feature. The phone will apparently learn your voice, and the hotword is “Ok Google Now,” (it’s not clear if it can be changed at this time).
    • Active Display and Active Notifications: Also demoed on the new Droids, the feature takes advantage of the AMOLED display in these handsets (the Moto X will apparently pack one such display too) to light up only certain pixels when the screen is off in order to display notifications while conserving battery life. The phone will know when it’s in your pocket or purse, in a call, or place face down on a surface, in which case the display won’t light up for notifications. You can also configure it not to turn on during the night. The feature comes with new gestures: swiping up will let you see more details about the notifications, swiping down unlocks the device, while dragging the finger to left and right will clear notifications.
    • Motorola Connect: A Motorola Connect Chrome extension will be available to Moto X owners, and once enabled, it will let you send and receive messages from the desktop, as well as get call notifications. The service will be available for the new Droids as well.
    • Motorola Migrate: The tool will let you easily migrate information from your former smartphone to the Moto X, including text messages, call history, SIM contacts, media, and even some settings. To work, a Motorola Migrate app should be installed on the old device.
    • Motorola Assist: This app apparently replaces Smart Actions and will help you automatically switch settings depending on certain parameters. Some of these smart actions include automatically moving to driving mode when detecting driving or to silent mode for meetings or at night. The Assist app has a Google Now-like UI, and together with the Active Notification feature seems to be included in the phone’s “contextual awareness” features we’ve heard about in so many Moto X reports.
    • Phone tracking: Finally, this feature will help you find a lost or stolen phone by using your Google account and an unspecified web portal to track it.

    Check out the features above in the following screenshot gallery provided by the publication:

    Moto X will be officially unveiled on August 1, during a special event in which Google will probably confirm all the reports related to the handset that we’ve seen lately.

    Comments

    • David Mueller

      Hope it comes to Germany too (and not 1 month later)

      • OMGgary

        Bring to all of Europe I say!

    • mant0x

      Hope you can turn of that “always on mic” feature!!! I don’t want this feature at all.

      • najiy91

        it has stated in previous article that it can be turned on and off freely(“,)

    • MasterMuffin

      Active display and notifications seems to be the most useful thing here. I hope it gets ported to custom ROMs

    • Luka Mlinar

      Me gusta.

    • najiy91

      the hotword “ok google now” is too long. just make simple”ok google/ok now”..and sony,please open your eyes to make amoled display,more battery saving.come on,you have the technology(“,)

      • Jack Hoffman

        Should have gone with the “Babel” codename…

        “Ok Babel” sounds cool…

        • najiy91

          nice.or the classic “hello moto”! haha

    • Tony Hoffman

      Motorola connect seems like a awesome feature. Currently I use tablet talk to forward all text messages from phone to tablet. The stuff featured here appears to be less gimiky than Samsung features. Looks like this phone might do alright with the average users.

    • Tony Hoffman

      Motorola connect seems like a awesome feature. Currently I use tablet talk to forward all text messages from phone to tablet. The stuff featured here appears to be less gimiky than Samsung features. Looks like this phone might do alright with the average users.

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