Touchless Control

Motorola Migrate also updated with two usability fixes to better control your data

Motorola's Touchless Control app, the brains behind the always-listening function in the Moto X and new Droids, is being updated today with an interesting new feature that reads your notifications aloud. Along with the other commands you have such as making calls and Google searches, you can now say "What's up" or "Read notifications" to have the phone read aloud your current notifications.

It may get a little overwhelming if you have a lot of notifications (like some of us), but if you're driving and just have to know what all that buzzing in your car dock is about, this could be a great tool. To start, the new command is available in U.S. English, Spanish and Italian, with several other languages wearing the beta tag in this release.

Another quick fix in this latest update is better "end-of-speech detection," which should help with those awkwardly-long pauses after giving a voice command to your phone. Motorola says this will help with both accuracy and response time with getting your command answered. Touchless control is only available for Motorola's most recent devices — the Moto X and Droid Mini, Ultra and Maxx — and your phone must also be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat to be compatible. If you meet the criteria, hit the Play Store link for a download of the latest Touchless Control version.

While you're at the Play Store updating apps, you may want to grab the updated Motorola Migrate as well. You now have an option to move over just certain data from one phone to another, as well as selectively pull contacts in from your phone's SIM card to your default Google account. You can find that in the Play Store as well right here.

Thanks, Ben!


Reader comments

Motorola updates Touchless Control with new 'What's up' command to read notifications aloud


Hurry Republic, we could really use Kit Kat!

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Man, Touchless Control is amazeballs. If it were available on the Note series, that would make this phone feel more complete.

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Yay Motorola. I just got the update as i clicked on this article.

Too bad it's the end of the road for you by next year when the deal is sealed. I'll try to keep good care of this phone.

Why, exactly, is it "the end of the road, when the deal is sealed?"

Do you know something that we don't, about Lenovo?

If you do, please share.

If not, stop. Just. Stop. Lol.

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+1 lol

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.


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Wait let me see if I can do this right.

More useless gimmicks and bloat that is ruining a decent phone. Just make it stock and leave it alone. I bet this makes the outdated hardware laggy.

How did I do?

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

On a serious note, sounds pretty cool and Google is emptying the storehouse before the switch

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you


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I will say this here: I feel like Touch less Control was the best idea for Google Now and Android today. It really males Google Now that much more useful and with updates like these, it just makes me wish I had one....

I think I just fanboyed that out. Lol.

Posted through my Nexus 7!

Since I didn't have any notifications, "What's up?" got the time and "nothing much going on right now" as a response.

Any word if it updated to obey Assist? Too many times my phone thought it heard something, and made that 'ding' ringtone when I had the Assist set to 'Meeting' mode. I had to apologize and look like a fool numerous times. So I turned touchless control off.

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At a minimum it should obey the overall sound settings of the phone. If I put it on vibrate or silent, it still gives the 'ding' when it hears Ok Google Now.

And Phil had second thoughts about phone of the year award... Pssshhh... Lol

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This is awesome. Looks like it doesn't work perfectly with some 3rd party messaging apps though.

For instance, I'm using Hello SMS and instead of saying the sender's name, it says, "You have received a notification from Hello" and then the message. It does the same with Kakaotalk as well.

Is anyone experiencing this with other 3rd party messaging apps?

I think it is behaving perfectly as it should. It does notifications for all apps by saying the name of the app then the content. How is out supposed to know those are SMS apps? Google would have to keep a list going so that it knows. As it is though, don't think it is a bug. Makes perfect sense why it is doing that.

I just noticed that if you use the "Play [artist] or [song]" command, you can specify another music service instead of Google Play Music. It works with Spotify!

Is this a new thing?

I didn't know that. Thought it only worked with Google Play Music. Seems to be working great now.

This update requires android 4.4 ,I'm not updating my droid Maxx. My friend updated he's maxx to 4.4 and now he's battery is weaker.

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I did notice a small change in battery life but not enough to miss out on the other software improvements. Worth the upgrade to me.

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Same here. 19 hours on currently with 61% left. 4.4 had issues. 4.4.2 is solid as a rock

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With 4.4 u can't use foxfi hotspot, I have unlimited data on big red and foxfi is a most for kitkat weakeneds my battery plus it blocks my foxfi along with my hacked Pandora app and many other things, I think thats a pretty big deal.

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I just bought the moto x again and this new feature is pretty cool.
Love this phone.

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I tried the "Wus uuuuuuppppp?" from the Budweiser commercial and it worked!

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