Report: Google's Moto X to feature always-on voice commands, active updates
A new demonstration video reportedly released by Canadian operator Rogers Wireless indicates Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) forthcoming Moto X smartphone will integrate an always-on voice command feature enabling users to access services and information without touching the handset.
First spotted by Ausdroid, the video depicts a user speaking the words "OK Google Now" to retrieve the local weather forecast. "Your Moto X is ready to listen and respond," the video states. "Talk to it and it learns your voice. With the power of Google Now, it tells you what you need to know even when you're not touching the screen."
Google Now, launched in mid-2012 in association with the company's Android 4.1 mobile operating system update, presents a series of virtual 'cards' containing information about local weather, traffic, events and nightlife, each automatically generated in relation to a user's present whereabouts and the time of day. Google Now also supports local merchant deals, second-screen viewer interactions and other features.
The demo video also reveals that the Moto X will integrate Active Updates, a discreet notification system designed to deliver information automatically and instantly. "Instead of a blinking light that doesn't actually tell you anything, information quietly appears on the screen," the video says. The clip additionally depicts new photo features letting users launch the camera with a twist of the wrist and capture images by tapping anywhere on the device screen.
Google-owned device manufacturer Motorola Mobility declined to comment on the video, CNet notes.
The Moto X--the first smartphone to be released by Motorola Mobility since Google purchased the company for $12.5 billion last year--is expected to hit retail this fall, supported by all four major U.S. operators. Motorola has released advertisements calling the Moto X "The first smartphone that you can design yourself," but has not revealed specifics about the customization process. According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, Google will spend upwards of $500 million marketing the device.
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