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!

 
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shoii says:

Fuck yeah

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reeper55 says:

Hurry Republic, we could really use Kit Kat!

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Apaca1ypse says:

+1... million

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Seryozha says:

yeah, good luck w/ that

GADA 50 says:

How is the service with republic

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MERCDROID says:

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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GMC MaXx says:

Best. Phone. Ever.

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Zig261 says:

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.

MERCDROID says:

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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Zig261 says:

But wait, why is the article showing a Droid Ultra?

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tonymhoffman says:

Haha what an idiot.

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Ry says:

lol

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Darth Spock says:

More or less the same software updates on the play store apps.

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MERCDROID says:

Yep.

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Ry says:

lulz

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MERCDROID says:

+1 lol

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DJBigBenVA says:

You're welcome.

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MERCDROID says:

+1

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Ry says:

Yes!

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MERCDROID says:

Boom!

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NoNexus says:

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?

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NoNexus says:

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

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MERCDROID says:

Lol

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Jamaar White says:

Thought you were serious at first lol.

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deeb215 says:

Flawless.

HeyImAlexD says:

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.

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salutcemoi says:

I love my S4, but the Moto X has great, useful features.

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BoB16731 says:

Would love this on my nexus .... Hint Google

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minnow4 says:

+1

Sent from my Nexus 7 (2013)

drvier8 says:

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

gamefreak715 says:

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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drvier8 says:

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.

cappy718 says:

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

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clankfu says:

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?

numetheus says:

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.

jescobar3 says:

since when have you been able to say "open ___" to launch an app?! I just noticed..

clankfu says:

That's been there for awhile now - from the beginning, I believe.

numetheus says:

It has been there since the beginning.

clankfu says:

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?

You've always been able to do that it just doesn't work very well sometimes

-Moto X-

clankfu says:

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

Junior chuxx says:

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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GuyWith4Kids says:

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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Jamaar White says:

If you have a Droid Maxx. You're cool.

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davidnc says:

I got a strong battery on my Moto X running 4.4.2 :D

hopesrequiem says:

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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Junior chuxx says:

With 4.4 u can't use foxfi hotspot, I have unlimited data on big red and foxfi is a most for me..so 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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gamefreak715 says:

+1

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globster2000 says:

Wow this update is awesome. Now, what other cool features could they add?

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brendilon says:

"Hello computer"

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deeb215 says:

Google build this into the next version of Android Lemon Meringue - Lady Fingers - Lollipop.

mayconvert says:

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

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NealJ777 says:

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

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vgergo says:

You can have this on any Android phone using Touchless Notifications Free: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.viczian.notifications.free