Moto X-like voice activated features may come to more devices courtesy of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

by: Adam KoueiderAugust 6, 2013

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Have you taken a liking to the Moto X’s “always listening” feature, but haven’t been quite as impressed by the Moto X itself? Perhaps the Moto X simply won’t be available in your country. Fear not, as Qualcomm has got you covered.

With the hype over the Moto X peaking last week, the “always listening” feature was the most talked about aspect of the Moto X. But what many people forgot was that the upcoming Snapdragon 800 processor is going to feature similar capabilities.

Motorola used a custom X8 Mobile Computing System to allow the Moto X to remain listening at all times even while the screen is off. Through the use of a dedicated chip specifically for voice activation, the Moto X can be activated with the keywords “Okay, Google Now”.

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The Snapdragon 800 features a similar feature which Qualcomm calls “Ultra-Low Power Voice activation”, and can also be activated using a pre-set keyword or sentence. This is done by using the device’s audio codec, and the new Hexagon QDSP6 (Qualcomm Digital Signal Processor 6) as well as the CPU, allowing the device to be activated by using your voice even if it’s locked.

The Snapdragon 800 has tonnes of other improvements, like the new Adreno 330 GPU, and support for 4K external displays. The SoC is rumored to be used in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and is already confirmed for the LG G2 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. We will have to wait and see whether OEMs take full advantage of this added functionality.

Hit the source link for more info on the Snapdragon 800 as well as a video showcasing the “Ultra-Low Power Voice activation” feature.

Are you excited about the Snapdragon 800 processor?

  • Oh that’s cool! The biggest question now becomes if Active Display and that Moto Voice Activation will make it to Android itself so that other OEMs can put it in their new phones….

    • ddpacino

      Why would Google enable features to be taken up by their other OEM partners? I’d assume that they would keep some of the stuff from Moto exclusive to Moto for competitive reasons.

      • RKW

        They’ll enable it on Android if they want it as a feature for their Nexus brand. Besides, the big picture for Google is to have as many people using Android as possible so they can generate more ad revenue and sell more apps in Google play. They basically lose money on the hardware side, but more than make up for it with other revenue.

  • Jason Yuen

    Always listening may creep some people out, but imagine next time you lose your phone somewhere in your house. All you need to do is go to each room and ask

    “Ok Google Now, where are you?”

    “I am here. I have activated the camera flash, screen, vibrator, and speaker”

    • Adam Koueider

      Luckily it can be turned off should you so choose.

    • Simon Belmont

      Luckily, all it does is listen for the “keyword” in a very low-power state. It’s not using any sort of data connection or server based processing for that command, so it uses very little battery, and your conversations aren’t being recorded.

      It’s not until it hears that word that it hands the processing over to the application cores and Google Now. Which is server based.

  • Ruz

    Note that it has many features which OEMs dont feel necessary to implement it and we want them into our phones. Its like we are paying for it and we dont get to use it. This is in justice..

    We want high power and high speed US3 in our mobiles, we also want those sound enhancements and FM radio (r u listening Samsung?), WiFi ac and all of the features that are displayed above

  • Clarkkent113

    Yep, basically the only “killer feature” of the Moto X will be available on other devices very soon.

    So, tell me again why you stupidly overpriced the Moto X Motorola….

    • Doug

      Lol, and according to Wikipedia:

      There are already existing phones on the market with this processor, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A. How long until someone releases a patch to enable it?

    • T.J.

      I don’t sees how it’s overpriced. Looks good to me.

  • Albert

    If you follow the link and then click on the Snapdragon 600 (near the bottom), you will find that the layout for the S600 is the same as that of the S800. They both include the same Hexagon DSP (QDSP6) section, so whatever low power capabilities will exist on future phones are already on phones like the Galaxy S4 and HTC one.

    • Adam Koueider

      The CPU also affects this. So I’m guessing (I haven’t got a Snapdragon 800-based phone to verify) that the Krait 400 has something to do with this. The Snapdragon 600 only features Krait 300.

    • Simon Belmont

      The Hexagon DSP (QDSP6) is in a lot of SoCs already. I think there are different “flavors” of it depending on the SoC that it’s in.

      Take a look here: .

  • Simon Belmont

    Hmm. Pretty sure we’ll see this with KLP on the Nexus 5, since it should be rocking a Snapdragon 800 SoC.

    Can’t wait for the fall. It’s gonna be awesome.

  • Tran Nguyen

    When I say “Camera – Action” that is quicker than twist your hand 2 times. I know traveler didn’t like Moto X if take a lot pictures within 4 hrs