01
Aug
moto connect

Motorola was probably hoping to save at least a few surprises for its Moto X press event in New York later today, but someone at headquarters pulled the trigger a bit early. The Motorola Connect extension went live in the Chrome Web Store late last night, and it's currently available to install. Not that it will do any good: you'll need a Motorola DROID MINI, DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX, or the Moto X to use it.

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The Connect extension allows owners of the latter DROIDs and the X to see phone calls and texts on their desktop browser or Chromebook laptop, using Chrome's fancy new notification system. You can reply directly to texts, but calls will still need to be handled with the phone itself. It should work no matter where you are or what network you're on.

From the extension description:

Motorola Connect allows you to see text messages and calls coming into your Connect enabled phone on your computer’s Chrome browser. You can read and respond to texts using your keyboard and even know who’s calling before deciding if you should reach for your phone.

Motorola Connect is currently supported on Moto X, DROID ULTRA, DROID MAXX and DROID MINI.

Of course, dedicated Google users will know that this is duplicating at least some of the functionality of both Google Voice and Google Hangouts (if you've connected your GV number to Hangouts, anyway), and no small number of third-party apps and services. but the Connect extension should let you see incoming messages without opening Google Voice's rather clunky web interface, which is a nice plus.

Just a few more hours, and Motorola will bare all. Also note that only the four latest Motorola devices are mentioned - that probably means there won't be any standalone hardware besides the Moto X announced at the event.

Source: Google Chrome Web Store

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

    Side question, is there any event for the MotoX announcement, and will there be a live blog/live stream of it?

    • Arz Bhatia

      Would be somewhere for sure!

    • JoeDoom

      Just going to leave this here... http://i.imgur.com/7q6mvS9.png

      • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

        Blaming myself for not following companies on Twitter - thanks

      • Grimmjow

        but why goddamn it why? :) their last event was streamed on YT

        • Justin Foster

          I think the nature of this event would make it kinda awkward as a livestream. It won't be the typical presentation I'm guessing. Either that or Moto is insecure.

        • http://www.androidheadlines.com/ Alexander Maxham

          Because it's not one event, it's multiple small events.

        • Alex Murphy

          Because there's so many new features they are walking journalists through them all in a more intimate setting.

    • Harry

      Unfortunately not, they're keeping it all pretty much under wraps until 3:00.

    • Jim Gold
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      From what I can tell, there are multiple press demos and the flood gates then open at 3pm eastern.

      • Freak4Dell

        Any of the AP staff going? Ron's out in that area, isn't he?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Due to availability shortages, and then lack of available space according to Motorola, we are going to skip this one.

          • lamer

            Lame :(

  • thisisntmyname

    Nicely themed too!

  • bungadudu

    Cool!

    Let's just hope that this is just the start.

    Would be way cool if in the future we'll be able to also make/receive calls from our tablets/laptops when logged in to chrome!

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    You do actually have an international readership you know - and Google Voice just does not exist anywhere else in the world - it is US/Canada only.

    • dilharo

      you can get it if you can search google correctly on "how to get google voice outside us" !!

      • PhoenixPath

        I'm waiting for bio-implants, so we can have google voice inside us. ;-)

      • MetalHead

        Yeah but pointless as you cannot get a Canadian phone registered!

        • dilharo

          you can call us phones for free unlimited from anywhere in the world though

    • AA

      US only. Google Voice doesn't work in Canada :(.

      • Walkop

        Ah, but voice calling does!

  • bahoo

    the screenshots look like a mix between chrome OS and mac osx?!

    • NexusPhan69

      Edit: I now see what you mean with the windows. Got it. Never mind. Kinda strange Photoshop work on Chrome OS.

  • saltyzip

    This Moto extension sounds like a kind of MightyText to me. Why don't Google just buy MightyText and give everyone at least with Android phones this functionality. Why create something propriety just for Moto phones, seems backwards to me. It's like creating a google drive just for moto phones, it makes no sense in the world we live. These proprietary products just end up having a short lifespan.

    • Doug

      It's my belief that Google treats Motorola as its own separate Android manufacturer for a reason. The Moto X looks like a mostly stock Android experience with many useful features. Maybe Google will see which features are most popular among users, if any, and incorporate them into the pure AOSP experience in the future. This allows Motorola to do its own innovation, and it allows for Google to test new features through Motorola. Motorola can almost be seen as a way of testing the waters for future AOSP features. That's just a guess on my part.

      • saltyzip

        I agree with what you are saying,however Motorola is losing money, therefore they need to leverage as many services from Google in order to reduce costs.

        Google could have created this connection app as an exclusive for Moto for x months, before releasing it for us all to enjoy.

        Naming it with Motorola Connect has proprietary written all over it.

        • Doug

          They are using Google's services. By using AOSP and Google's apps, that's exactly what they are doing. They are also using Google Now in a way that no other manufacturer has done through its voice commands.

          I'm sure Google is keeping a close eye on Motorola and steering them in a certain direction, but I doubt Google is developing Motorola's software/phones when they have their own software and Nexus devices to develop.

  • Simon Belmont

    This is pretty cool. I actually use AirDroid for a similar function with my phone and laptop.

    It would be nice if Google did something with this on stock Android. I know there's Google Voice, but I'm talking regular phone calls and SMS.

  • Cory_S

    "but the Connect extension should let you see incoming messages without opening Google Voice's rather clunky web interface, which is a nice plus."

    GV has a Chrome plugin which allows me to rarely have to go into that clunky interface.

  • John Smith

    like Mighty Text?

    • Matthew Fry

      Exactly like MightyText. Except you can only use it on 3 phones.

  • Alex Murphy

    While this is cool in the short term, I really just want Google to add SMS to Hangouts.

    • ddpacino

      Patience.

  • grundy923

    I already get that, with any phone. Because I use Google Voice.

  • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

    Several features such as Motorola Connect Notifications and Remote use that be good for "Hangouts" and "Android Desktop Notifications"!

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