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Motorola hasn't been shy with the apps as of late. They've published a handful of new ones in the last few weeks, most of which are exclusive to the multi-carrier Moto X and the new family of DROIDs for Verizon. The Skip app went live just a few hours ago, but the latest is possibly the phones' most visible feature, Touchless Control. It lets the new Motos react to voice while the phone screen is off with the command "OK Google Now."

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Don't get excited: the app is absolutely and emphatically only for the Moto X, DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, and DROID MAXX. I'd be willing to bet that the only reason the Touchless Control app is on the Play Store at all is so that Motorola can address bugs and add functionality without waiting for carriers to send out their oft-delayed over-the-air updates. (Years of dealing with Verizon have taken their toll.) So far the only new Moto apps that have been compatible with other phones are the Motorola Migrate tool and a receiver app for Droid Zap.

Some think that the Touchless Control functionality will be coming to Android itself in a future update, mostly because of the way it mirrors some of the actions in Google Glass. We haven't seen any hard evidence of this, though Google is always working to expand Google Now, so there's reason to hope. If you'd like to get at least one of the new features from the Moto X and new DROIDs on your existing phone, check out ActiveNotifications.

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.
  • TechGuy22

    im sure XDA or other hackers will make it work on all devices. wait and see :)

    • Nathan Borup

      Only on devices with the snapdragon 800, otherwise it would be a battery drain

      • Razormike

        The DROID Ultra and Mini don't have Snapdragon 800s, and the app is available to them. Maybe this one requires you to actually have the app open.

        • astasualle

          Seriously?? This is an ignorant comment. so let me explain. Droid,Ultra,MotoX all has X8 chip which wont drain battery on this touchless control app because it has low voltage natural language processing core. The only other chip which has the same capacity is 800. if you use anyother phone it will drain battery

          • blix247

            The question is by how much? It would be worth loading up on another phone to see the reduction in life on the phone. Is it 10%? 20%? 50%?

          • mapsave10

            reduction by 60% according to Motorola

          • io53

            Please stop calling these for 'cores' like they would be CPU cores. DSP's is not 'cores' in anything else than marketing.

  • David Margolin

    so change the build.prop and we can get the functionality on any device?

    • CoreRooted

      "Can we"? Yes. But, probably not the best idea seeing as how it would have to create a wakelock in order to keep listening for your voice and on non-X8 hardware, that would kill your battery pretty quick.

    • AdrienReive

      If you need, there is the build.prop of Motorola Ulta HD. Report if it works! :)

    • Michael McGrade

      Need the Moto Settings apk as well which will replace your current settings app.

  • Open1Your1Eyes0
    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/113679160497089639906/posts Andrea Z.

      and it works on other phones?

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      Does it work on other phones?

    • Michael McGrade

      Need the Moto Settings apk as well

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  • cmonandslam

    I don't mind not having the always on voice commands, but I'd love an app that would let me shout commands on who to call and text when the phone is on while im driving. Hope someone can make that work with every phone.

    • Matthew Plewa

      You can already it's called tasker.

      • https://plus.google.com/u/0/113679160497089639906/posts Andrea Z.

        i use tasker since years... please let me know how to create a voice command that calls a specific contact... contact name can't be a variable on tasker as far as I know.

  • Ishimaru

    I know a certain Candace who is going to get a call soon!

  • Devon Warren

    I'm very glad they did this. Should allow for custom roms to get this functionality and hopefully they will keep pushing new features too.

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