The Moto X phone is Motorola’s worst-kept secret. Innumerable photos, videos, and benchmarks have been revealed months before the smartphone’s rumored late August launch, and show no sign of stopping. Today, the leaks continue with a particularly juicy video detailing a compelling aspect of the Moto X: voice commands from the lock screen.
Called Open Mic, the feature works in tandem with Google Now to perform voice-initiated tasks. Activated either by a custom phrase or the default “ok moto magic,” Open Mic listens for spoken phrases when the Moto X phone’s screen is off. When a command is recognized, the phone is unlocked (unless you have a password or pin) and the content of the command is sent to Google Now, from which point it works as usual. As far as we can tell, phone calls and webpage navigation are compatible, but it’s likely that most built-in search commands work.
In addition to the video, the Moto X phone’s specs were once again confirmed. The poster of the Open Mic footage, who purports to have the AT&T GSM variation of the phone, says a CPU app identified the smartphone as containing a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 320 GPU, and sporting a 720p screen.
What do you think of this feature and these specs? Is Open Mic game-changing? Personally, I think it’s pretty cool, but we’ll have to see how it performs in the real world.
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Seems like it would drain a lot of battery having an open mic?
That’s why moto equipped this one with a whopping 2000mah battery lol.
Have to admit though, if it worked well it would save some battery by reducing active screen time. I just don’t see a lot of people talking to their pockets because “so I was biking and suddenly wanted to search this stuff and thanx God I had the Moto X, and yes I had to stop and manually correct the search term with the keyboard but of course I had to stop to check the results in any case, and… It’s so cool that I can do that still, right? I said, RIGHT..? Anyone, please be impressed with what I did?”
its rumored that there is a dedicated language processing chip.
The low-power language chip will focus on audio sensors, noise cancellation and speech recognition. This will allow the Moto X to use an always-on listening mode, but still retain sufficient battery life.
According to Androidandme
Where did you see 2000 mah for the battery?
It might be using a Wolfson DSP chip (WM5110) that can do the whole listening for a keyword in a low power state: http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/17/wolfson-wm5110-audio-chip/ .
I guess we’ll find out eventually. The only Snapdragon chip that can accomplish the same thing is a Snapdragon 800, but it’s quad core and uses an Adreno 330, which isn’t what the specifications for this handset seem to be.
It’s cool that this doesn’t need the s800 for this voice commands from standby.
So it could work on most phones… (how would it go to sleep after this I don’t know but maybe.. 4.3 is the answer)
Ok moto magic? Really?
It has to be a phrase that you won’t say in a conversation so it doesn’t activate randomly.
What’s on the top right of the phone?
i think its an identifier for who has that particular phone. this is the third leak i have seen with it blurred or covered. remember the leak from a couple weeks ago that had the cloth covering it up?
I wonder how well this phone will do…
its pretty darn fast for a little dual core.
Remember the two processors talk? “We have some of the best engineers, and they’ve created a system where there are two processors that are more aware.” We shall wait and see.
yes i remember. is that why you keep saying it might have intel in it? a qualcomm and an intel?
i suspect though… that the second processor is an extremely weak battery sipping processor for the sensors/standby updating only.
Qualcomm doesn’t use companion cores ur thinking of nvidea.qual. use asynchronous cores instead.
im not thinking of anything other than the confirmed leaks of a qualcomm and this guy is running around saying it might have intel in it. thanks for the added info though. didnt know and will read up on it.
Should be Octa and I’d buy it.
my instinct tells me its a dual core by intel. and fast.
its a identifying code on the topright corner
The indentifiying Code is on the topleft corner
compare the Motorola Logo with other leaks
Such a useless feature.
The only interesting thing about this phone is that there is a small chance of it being powered by Intel.
As for doing things from the lock screen, for this to work you have to enter the pattern or pin after the command is recognized, so it kinda falls flat on its face for those with pattern/pin security enabled. And once again the homescreen domain is invaded by useless lockscreen features.
The history of modern voice searches. Siri, what was it used for? Not much, except posting on Facebook “so I told siri blah blah and omfg she thought I said blahhh ahah, then I said fukk u siri and she thought I said duck pao and I was like roflmao and…”. It’s not even funny, but that’s pretty much how useful a feature it is, and it’s still better than S-voice. Better but not useful.
Let’s wait for the Ok Moto Magic posts on Facebook, same story but this time done from the lockscreen, that is so game changing….
just because you dont make use of voice does not mean everyone else does not. much easier to ask when home depot closes than to type it out.
It should recognise your voice after using it for some time and then it shouldn’t have to ask for a pin or pattern after your command…
I use voice commands on a daily basis for many tasks. Everyone will soon enough, when you can have a legit conversation with your computer and get it to do more complicated tasks for you.
all I can say is they better keep this under $99 because there are better phones at a slightly higher price
so with the video showing chrome. we can get a better idea of the screen size. the chrome addy bar is 5/16″. using that measurment… the screen is 4-7/8″ diagonal. thats a rough estimae seeing that the camera elongates a bit as the top of the phone is pointed away from the camera. setting chrome to 33% zoom gives you a near accurate size of the actual phone.
so it looks like this phone is going to be 4.7″ all day.
That’s like super genius logic. LOL
I guess the Moto X might have an older S4 Pro (MSM8960T) since the S400 doesn’t have an Adreno 320 and the S600 is quad core, unless the CPU isn’t a Qualcomm. Probably runs fast like the Nexus 4 since it has stock (or near-stock) jellybean…
Open Mic? Yay more data for the NSA. I hope the guys from Cyanogenmod will strip it out. Other than that, the Moto X is the perfect phone.
I thought the same thing at first, but it’s most likely that there will be an off switch to turn the feature off. Oh by the way, I think the “Open Mic” feature will be available with the gapps package along side Google search, and not in cyanogenmod builds, which as you know, comes without gapps.
It would be nice if Google could guarantee the always on part of the algorithm to only work locally in the device, which is likely the case.
Think about it. It would have to send data all the time on a data plan. Not going to happen. Also even if the voice data was saved on the flash storage continuously, then it would kill the flash after a short period of time.
I’ll be getting the Austin Powers edition. You simply have to say: “Lay that “Mojo” magic on me baby! Yeah!
made my day… shagalicious :-) yeah baby yeah !!!
hello motoooshagger!!!! yeah baby yeah !!!
Am i the only one Who’s wondering why the top-right corner of the device is blurred or covered in every leak ? :/
Probably a device identifier (it could identify the person leaking it, which would be a problem for them I’d guess.)
$500 million on marketing ?
Bitch Please , The leaks are doing a better job !
Ok moto magic, can you stop eavesdropping on my conversations and sending the data back to Google, please?
So many people had hands on already, but no comments on the screen type and quality seems odd…
Question is if this will be moto specific or a stock android feature? The moto magic name seems randomly chosen.
Ok moto magic is to long. It should be just “Ok moto”.
Or how about something more real world and average user friendly like ‘OK phone’
or maybe, we can program what to caLL on the phone. :)
Agreed, that would certainly go with the Moto X’s customization theme.
Not sure they will let you do that. The point is to have one thing so users will be familiar with any Motorola device.
“Ok phone” sounded stupid at first but when i think how stupid “Ok moto” (like a transformers ad) sounds, it kind of makes sense. I guess we’ll see but one thing is for sure: they definitely need to change the current one.
Read the post, it says you can choose a custom phrase
still too long, just moto is enough
“moto call lisa”
Is this going to be priced to buy with no contract?
Isn’t this “always listening” feature the same thing the Xbox One got dinged for? Not that I mind it, just saying.
Xbox only listens for “Xbox on” when powered down. Just like the Moto X, it will never send data until it is woken up by that specific command. The only people who got upset are internet freakout artists.
@bozzykid:disqus Yep, exactly
The NSA will love the open mic feature!
Curious about how this affects battery life. The phone will constantly be on alert for the phrase. Hopefully that won’t be a big drain.
Seems like a missed opportunity to not be able to say “Hello Moto” to wake it up.
always on mic = NSA intel gathering D;
Moto X= the perfect NSA moly
might as well have a always on camera and call it the xbox one
I am sure when its released, you will be able to change the attention voice command to almost anything you want. If you like ironman then use “OK Jarvis call Potts”. If you want to be a pimp then “OK beeotch text my boyz”. If you are a sailor “OK mermaid search for fishing times”. Its android change any and everything.