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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cap255 says:

Speaking of the new Droids, any news on a 4.4 update date?

Kinglo says:

#1 reason I'm selling my droid and getting a Moto X

dhawk1202 says:

Come on Verizon, hook me up!

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eagle865 says:

This just keeps getting better and better!

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radgatt says:

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

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hmmm says:

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.

decypher44 says:

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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ne0ne says:

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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icebike says:

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

jdevenberg says:

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.

MERCDROID says:

Well said!

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Xader says:

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.

thefunkie1 says:

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.

GuyWith4Kids says:

+1

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gtg465x says:

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.

NickLippert says:

That's what it sounds like to me.

JoeShmoe says:

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

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elvisgp says:

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.

Xader says:

Still makes you wonder how many are going to be clueless enough to use them in crowded places...

brendilon says:

Stupidity is its own punishment.

On2Vegas says:

+1000

MERCDROID says:

+9000

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tdizzel says:

Motorawesome!

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Huggie87 says:

I would like to know what case that is in the picture : )

Ry says:

"Say your pin to unlock your phone when using Touchless Control"

If I'm alone.

MERCDROID says:

Preferably, when you're driving alone or with your significant other.

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NoNexus says:

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

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GuyWith4Kids says:

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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mechaz says:

This is HUGE update for pin unlocked

nexus15 says:

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

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jdevenberg says:

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.

MERCDROID says:

Yeah, and I don't need any more "hits" to my battery life, lol.

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icebike says:

And you know this HOW?

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

brendilon says:

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.

Grahaman27 says:

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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NoNexus says:

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

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brendilon says:

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.

MERCDROID says:

What colors did you get?

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brendilon says:

Crimson back (i'd call it maroon) with yellow buttons.

MERCDROID says:

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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brendilon says:

I wish there were more options for the face color. That said, I'm just excited to get this device.

MERCDROID says:

I'm excited for you, brother! I hope it gets delivered quick!

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NoNexus says:

Bet it is the DROID part. Possible infringement on Verizon

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scrounger says:

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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icebike says:

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.

hmmm says:

Great to know. I prefer black.

xeroslash says:

Man I'm getting more and more excited for my new Moto X to arrive.

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Skiffle says:

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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brendilon says:

It's not dumb to have choices. As others have already observed, using this while driving is a great application.

MERCDROID says:

Rational thoughts and words can't reach some people, I'm afraid.

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Troneas says:

why can't we have these features on the htc one?

brendilon says:

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.

MERCDROID says:

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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jcg5862 says:

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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chiefandrews says:

Awesome, can't wait to try the commands.

ultravisitor says:

This is fantastic. Motorola seems dedicated to making sure the Moto X is and remains a great device.

KWKSLVR says:

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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