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A new video leaked ahead of the release of the Moto X demonstrates some of the features of the forthcoming Motorola flagship device, including its ability to receive audio commands from the user without any physical interaction required.



The video is a promotional spot from Canadian wireless carrier Rogers, and it demonstrates the Moto X's continuous listening ability. Since the device is constantly listening for user audio input, users can activate search features such as Google Now with just their voice by speaking a preset phrase, such as "OK, Google Now..."

Users can also activate the device's digital assistant functions, causing the Moto X to send text messages, place calls, and carry out other tasks.

In addition to the voice-activated aspects, Motorola has packed a number of other new interface features into its forthcoming device. Instead of notification LEDs, the Moto X will feature a flickering image on-screen that shows which app is pushing out a notification.

Users can also activate the camera app on the phone with a double-flick wrist motion. When the camera app is open, users can take pictures by tapping on the screen or activate burst mode by holding a finger to the screen.

For Motorola, the new Moto X represents the company's continuing effort to regain relevance in a smartphone industry largely dominated by Apple and Samsung. Since Google purchased the phone maker in 2012, the search giant has been looking to turn Motorola into a viable Android manufacturer to counter Samsung, which makes 40 percent of the Android phones in consumer hands, as well as an overwhelming portion of the profit in the Android segment.

The Moto X will be assembled in the United States, a fact that Motorola recently began touting in the pre-release marketing for the device. The Moto X will also come in an array of colors, and reportedly with customization options for users ordering a handset online. This last feature, though, may be only available to customers in the United States, as the Rogers commercial makes no mention of customization options.

The video pegs August as the time frame for the device's release, which is in keeping with observer predictions. Motorola is expected to unveil the device in the next few weeks.
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Middle-aged woman with a nose ring. Interesting choice of spokesperson.
LOL people should just enjoy whatever phone they prefer and stop being d-bags about other phones they don't use. Fanboys are pathetic, regardless of whether they are Android or Apple ones.
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So now Google can continuously listen to your every word, while draining your phone's battery, nice.
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post #4 of 52
This adds to the proof that Google doesn't have vision. It's a great company but it doesnt know how to make products. They have a "kitchen sink" mindset like Samsung.
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Because a phone that always has it's microphone on is what everyone wants? I'm sure the NSA likes this but do regular users want one of these on the nightstand listening to them all night?
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jesus the "flick your wrist twice" camera gimmick is ridiculous. It takes longer than a swipe and is not innovation. they pass it off as a great no innovative feature everyone will love. No, some engineer on the project was taking a dump when he thought of the idea. it's a new gesture. thats it. no substance, no reason, no revolution. i'll be flicking my wrist at this phone for a long time to come, whilst holding my iphone.

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Have to agree these don't seem to the best thought out features or implementations of features. Flicking your write twice? Really? Wonder how long before lawsuits for repetitive stress start.

I wonder how the battery life will be with the constant listening (and if you can turn that off).
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This is probably one of the products Google referred to a few months back. IIRC they mentioned that when they acquired Motorola there was about 18 months of product development already in the pipeline that needed to run the course. The products Moto would release this year weren't going to "wow" the market according to Google's CFO since MM changed ownership just a year ago in May. I guess 2014 is the year for Google ideas to be rolled out then?
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How many people are going to fling their phone by flicking it twice?  Something tells me that people are going to stick to the traditional method on that one.


The screen notifications looks like a nice touch though.  I like addition.

 

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Because a phone that always has it's microphone on is what everyone wants? I'm sure the NSA likes this but do regular users want one of these on the nightstand listening to them all night?

 

Android doesn't usually force features on people.  More then likely the always on microphone can be turned off in settings if you're concerned about the NSA hearing you snoring, talking in your sleep, or the crinkling of the tin foil hat against your pillow.

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How many people are going to fling their phone by flicking it twice?  Something tells me that people are going to stick to the traditional method on that one.


The screen notifications looks like a nice touch though.  I like addition.

 

 

Android doesn't usually force features on people.  More then likely the always on microphone can be turned off in settings if you're concerned about the NSA hearing you snoring, talking in your sleep, or the crinkling of the tin foil hat against your pillow.

This may or may not be a good phone. Either way, it is a Motorola phone. So it's irrelevant whether Android forces features on people or not (though I too would be surprised if this could not be turned off).

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This is probably one of the products Google referred to a few months back. IIRC they mentioned that when they acquired Motorola there was about 18 months of product development already in the pipeline that needed to run the course. The products Moto would release this year weren't going to "wow" the market according to Google's CFO since MM changed ownership just a year ago in May. I guess 2014 is the year for Google ideas to be rolled out then?

But how much of the phone is based on Googly ideas and how much is Moto?

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Obviously I'm in the minority here, but I quite like it.
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But how much of the phone is based on Googly ideas and how much is Moto?

From everything I've read/seen, this is More Google and less Moto. Supposedly it's going to be running pure Android, which is a win for consumers I think
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Middle-aged woman with a nose ring. Interesting choice of spokesperson.

 

Actually not a nose-ring, but a nose stud.  Big difference.  

 

The stud is popular and super common among women (and some men) of all walks of life, the nose ring (outside of the ethnic Indian population) is a more extreme statement that often means "lesbian" or piercing addict.  Also, this is a Canadian advert, so ... even more common.  On the West Coast this would be an average middle class woman. 

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Obviously I'm in the minority here, but I quite like it.

And what about it do you like, exactly? It doesn't win in specs, despite claims of being a superphone, and none of the features being touted are all that compelling. Seems to be another boring Android phone.

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And what about it do you like, exactly?

I am a big fan of Google Now. I use it on my iPhone 5 daily. This extends the usefulness, or it will for those who use it.

My concerns are battery life obviously.
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I am a big fan of Google Now. I use it on my iPhone 5 daily. This extends the usefulness, or it will for those who use it.

My concerns are battery life obviously.

Which doesn't answer why you like the phone. You've just stated you like a piece of software it happens to run (and which many other phones can too).

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And what about it do you like, exactly? It doesn't win in specs, despite claims of being a superphone, and none of the features being touted are all that compelling. Seems to be another boring Android phone.

 

Sorry, I hit "enter" too soon.

 

Neither Google nor Moto ever made claims about this being a superphone.  Those claims were made by the dreamers, the same who make similar claims about the next iPhone, etc.  Specs wise, this is probably a mid-range phone.  But as for utility - this phone is above any other Android phone in my opinion.  Again, battery life is a concern.  If it can do what they claim and last all day, it'll be very interesting.

 

I want a device that works for ME.  I love Google Now because it works for ME.  I don't have an Android phone obviously but I'd consider the right one.  Samsung, HTC, others just aren't the right one for me.  Nexus or this Moto, if it's pure Android, may be worth a look.  Again - these are my opinions.  I don't expect many here to agree and that's fine.

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To quote Android guru Andy Rubin: "You shouldn't be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone."

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2011/10/20/andy-rubin-your-phone-shouldnt-be-an-assistant/

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But as for utility - this phone is above any other Android phone in my opinion

In what way, specifically?

 

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I want a device that works for ME.  I love Google Now because it works for ME.  I don't have an Android phone obviously but I'd consider the right one.  Samsung, HTC, others just aren't the right one for me.  Nexus or this Moto, if it's pure Android, may be worth a look.  Again - these are my opinions.  I don't expect many here to agree and that's fine.

Which again does not answer the question. You still are only saying how you like a certain piece of software it happens to run (and again other phones can run too) not why you like the phone. So you like the phone simply because it can run Google Now? Why does that make the phone compelling when it's hardly an exclusive feature to either it or Android. It's fine if you don't want to actually provide any specifics, I was just wondering... No need to get your underwear in a twist.

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Which again does not answer the question. You still are only saying how you like a certain piece of software it happens to run (and again other phones can run too) not why you like the phone. So you like the phone simply because it can run Google Now? Why does that make the phone compelling when it's hardly an exclusive feature to either it or Android. It's fine if you don't want to actually provide any specifics, I was just wondering... No need to get your underwear in a twist.

 

Not at all friend :-)  I don't get anything in a twist over this kind of stuff, much bigger problems in the world.  At the end of the day, these are just phones after all.

 

Maybe I can answer this way: I know the specs don't blow other phones out of the water.  However, for ME, I like the idea of an "always on" Google Now experience.  The wrist flick thing for camera, ok, not too impressive.  The background updates, nice touch.  But as long as battery life is ok, I like the idea of just talking to my phone w/o touching it.  Driving...working from home...there is some usefulness there for me.

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But how much of the phone is based on Googly ideas and how much is Moto?

According to Google this would be a phone that Moto already had designed before Google took over which would make this mostly a Moto created phone if that's the case, at least IMO.
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And what about it do you like, exactly? It doesn't win in specs, despite claims of being a superphone, and none of the features being touted are all that compelling. Seems to be another boring Android phone.

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Which doesn't answer why you like the phone. You've just stated you like a piece of software it happens to run (and which many other phones can too).

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Which again does not answer the question. You still are only saying how you like a certain piece of software it happens to run (and again other phones can run too) not why you like the phone. So you like the phone simply because it can run Google Now? Why does that make the phone compelling when it's hardly an exclusive feature to either it or Android. It's fine if you don't want to actually provide any specifics, I was just wondering... No need to get your underwear in a twist.


Excellent points. Even the Google Now argument is passé. There are much better options for Google Now features and functionality and more available on the iPhone.
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This is probably one of the products Google referred to a few months back. IIRC they mentioned that when they acquired Motorola there was about 18 months of product development already in the pipeline that needed to run the course. The products Moto would release this year weren't going to "wow" the market according to Google's CFO since MM changed ownership just a year ago in May. I guess 2014 is the year for Google ideas to be rolled out then?

The whole "Ok, Google Now" always listening feature sounds a lot like Glass.

So I'm sure Google was involved. Maybe not in the hardware design.
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Excellent points. Even the Google Now argument is passé. There are much better options for Google Now features and functionality and more available on the iPhone.

To each his or her own. I look forward to considering this phone in August.
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I like the idea of a pure Google Android device if I ever go to the darkside. Moto X screen looks kinda small though
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To each his or her own. I look forward to considering this phone in August.

Don't let them hassle you. It looks to be using the same technology that's in Google Glass where you can start the conversation without pressing the button. It's a great idea and I'd like for Siri to listen for key phrases to begin listening.

This is also one video from a Canadian service provider and I haven't seen official marketing on the phone yet from Motorola or Google.

For those thinking this is just a leftover Moto project, you may be right, but Google has committed a half billion dollars in marketing. This is as much Google's baby as it is Motorola's.

So let Allen be excited and stop riding him for enjoying a few features shown.
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I like the idea of a pure Google Android device if I ever go to the darkside. Moto X screen looks kinda small though

Rumors are 4.3 to 4.5 inches.
post #29 of 52
It's always listening, huh? Sounds like a nightmarish feature when combined with Android's gaping security holes.
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The always listening voice control is a feature that has been standard on Apple computers since 2001. I used it sometimes for fun at home but outside of that I don't see it being that useful.  The jester to take pictures is just asking for trouble, so instead of just calling people by accident you might end up with sharing some photos you didn't intend to even take.  

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I myself would prefer a larger screen that I can pocket, a 5" iPhone and/or 6" iPad mini would work well for me
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I don't like the idea of a phone that's always on, myself, NSA and it's stooge Google listening or not.  I don't even use Siri.

 

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The jester to take pictures is just asking for trouble, so instead of just calling people by accident you might end up with sharing some photos you didn't intend to even take.  

 

I'm thinking former American Congressman Wiener.

 

 

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This may or may not be a good phone. Either way, it is a Motorola phone. So it's irrelevant whether Android forces features on people or not (though I too would be surprised if this could not be turned off).

 

 

I suppose one could root the device and slap on their own build.  It would be like buying a Ford, and saying that a GM engine is better so you rip the engine out and put in a Chevy block...

 

As a Canadian, I loathe Rogers so they can parade these Android commercials over and over and will just reinforce my total contempt for them.  :)


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post #33 of 52
This looks really neat. I wonder how the public is going to respond, in light of the NSA ordeal - normally I'd be totally gung-ho about this sort of thing, but I admit it does make me a bit uncomfortable (although I'm sure they could turn on your phone's microphone anyway if they really wanted). As far as I understand, it uses special hardware to reduce battery drain. I could really see myself using this - not in public, but I keep my phone on my desk a lot. If it works as well as it looks, it would be especially nice to be able to do this without having to go to a screen at all - defining things, adding notes. No idea how well it will work, but in concept looks nice. Would love something like this for my house.

Hopefully Siri gets some upgrades too.
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WTF is up with people on here? Badgering a guy for considering an android phone? & asking for his reasons like he needs permission.
people can pick whatever phone they want, i don't care. it becomes a joke when people hate on stuff without trying it, personally the moto x might have some features that are awesome, so far, the features shown don't suit me, no big deal.

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Android doesn't usually force features on people.  More then likely the always on microphone can be turned off in settings if you're concerned about the NSA hearing you snoring, talking in your sleep, or the crinkling of the tin foil hat against your pillow.

Yes, but Android does force you to have to go into the myriad of settings and try to find the ones you want to turn off. Adding features is just too easy and the Android camp doesn't seem to understand that adding frivolous features is a negative.

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I will want to have always on Voice commands ONLY if it will recognize my voice and don't react to anybody else...

And that camera ? What ? Taping anywhere for taking a picture ? And how Am I supposed to focus ? Or set an AE/AF lock ? And that gesture to activate camera... Pfffffff No thanks.
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WTF is up with people on here? Badgering a guy for considering an android phone?

Maybe read the URL of the website you're on? 1oyvey.gif
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Maybe read the URL of the website you're on? 1oyvey.gif

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Not a chance...

Not sure you get to complain about berating people for wanting a competeitor's product, then.
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I like the "touch the screen to take a picture" idea. It's much better than having to touch the screen to focus, then clicking the capture button. I'm still sure about the whole "talking to your phone" thing. I haven't had Siri yet (still on iPhone 4) so it really hasn't made an impression on me yet
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