Touchless Control

Hands-free functions updated for devices running Kit Kat

Motorola has updated the Touchless Control app in Google Play, and this time around it's more than juts a bug-fix. The latest version of the application allows for more commands to work while your phone is locked, and the ability to speak your PIN number to unlock it. The change log:

  • More Google Now commands now work without having to unlock your phone first. Personal information such as emails, messages, and contacts are still protected by your PIN or password.
  • Say your pin to unlock your phone when using Touchless Control
  • New listening tone when you say "OK Google Now"
  • Compatible only with Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Bug fixes

This looks to be a great update for those times when you're not connected to a Trusted Bluetooth device, and it's nice to see Motorola realizes that not everything should be accessible while the phone is locked up.

The Kit Kat only bit is a little worrisome, because that means the Droids are out of this one until Verizon gets the update pushed out. Hopefully, that's soon and everybody with a X8 device can have a go. You can find the update at the Google Play link above.

 

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Motorola's Touchless Control app updated with new commands and speak your PIN to unlock

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It's great that Motorola can update the features of this phone without having to put out an ota

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I'm going to assume you mean the unlocked Moto X and the carriers that have updated right? It still requires KitKat which from the article not every phone can be updated yet.

Speak your PIN to unlock? Ok, I must not understand it completely. When I read this, I'm thinking someone hears you say it, then can steal and unlock it by repeating what they heard you say. Am I right on this?

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Yes. But say you are driving and want to do something that requires the phone being unlocked. This comes in handy.

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Set your phone to unlock when its in range of your car's bluetooth.
There's apps for that if its not built in.

Not every car has bluetooth built in, so while that is a great solution (and one that I use) for people with newer cars, it isn't universal. For example, my wife has an 05 Ford SUV that we aren't ready to get rid of yet and it does not have bluetooth. Now I can use the same voice commands when driving her car as mine.

There's always the option of a $100-200 replacement stereo with bluetooth. I know it's not always financially viable for everyone, but it is an option for those with older cars but the cash to upgrade.

I put a JVC unit (KD-R900) in my '01 Civic for about $150 a few years ago, and it has a bluetooth unit that gives many of the features of an OEM bluetooth stereo.

You also have to keep in mind that some of us may use our phones for work and use Exchange Active Sync for work email and calendar. I'm not sure if it is Exchange Active Sync itself or how work has it's EAS policies configured but Trusted Bluetooth Devices is disabled on my phone due to EAS. To have the ability to unlock the phone in the car by speaking the PIN would be an awesome feature.

That option is built in (trusted bluetooth), but this allows users to make a judgement call. If they aren't in range of any trusted bluetooth devices, they could now decide to unlock by speaking the pin if they don't see anyone around. Maybe they're hiking, who knows. More options never hurt anyone. They don't have to use it if they're worried someone will hear them speak it.

I would assume that it only works with your voice, just like the "OK Google Now" phrase...

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But, you also probably wouldn't be using voice controls in public. This feature is probably more meant for when you're in the car, or at home.

No, alone. My wife cannot get into my phone. Nor will I ever let her

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To each his own but not allowing your wife to know your pin only makes her more concerned you are hiding something.

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I want to know when Google will get the touches control to the nexus 5 with the capable snapdragon 800

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The Nexus 5's coprocessor is already utilized. Google chose to use it for other background tasks instead of always listening. Enabling an always listening mode in the Nexus 5 would require these background tasks currently using the coprosessor to shift back to the main processor, which would cause a hit to battery life.

And you know this HOW?

Co-processors can handle many concurrent tasks. Listening is not processor intensive.

Google also has to run Motorola as a separate unit for five years, it was one of the terms of the sale. Google can't just take Motorola's developments and use them. Yes, it's stupid, but it is what it is.

Because those processors aren't powerful at all, they are not arm cores, they are very simple processors. So, they can only handle one SIMPLE task at a time.

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Besides, they would then have to add it to ASOP, and everyone then has it

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Very exciting to see. Ordered my Moto X today, a little concerned my color choice may be a bit cartoonish, but I'd rather have something that stands out rather than just another black phone.

That's a sexy color combination. I was on the Moto Maker website, last week, and the Moto X I made was Crimson with Black accents. It looked amazing.

My only beef was that it kept flagging "Mercdroid" as a dirty word, lol.

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Bet it is the DROID part. Possible infringement on Verizon

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DROID is not an infringement on Verizon. However unless you paid the big bucks to Lucasfilms like Verizon did, you are violating the trademark.

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It won't look toonish.
My wife worried about that too, but when it arrived it looked great. The colors they allow are so well coordinated that almost any combo looks great in real life.

Speaking your pin?? A new level of retarded has just been reached. What's next, your phone repeating your bank codes out loud? Dumb, really just dumb....

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because the HTC One doesn't have a separate, low-power processing core dedicated to these services. Someone could build an app to do it, but your battery wouldn't last long.

There's already an app (Open Mic +) in the Play Store that does this. But, yeah, like you said, it's a HUGE battery drain and not worth the functionality.

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Another congrats to Moto for rolling out these updates quickly thru Playstore and listening to customer feedback. Very glad I got the X.

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So cool. Motorola is doing a nice job, and it's felt like a bonus being on Verizon. I went with the X over the Droid Maxx because I thought updates would be easier (Since Verizon's version is essentially the same as a wide selling GSM variant). Looks like I guessed right so far. Hard to believe a device exists that I not only don't want to ROM, but I don't want to bother rooting either.

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