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

More Moto X smart features have been unofficially explained ahead of the phone's proper announcement. Read on for more details!
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.