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So you've lost your Motorola phone - whether it's the Moto X or the latest DROID handset - and you need to find it in a hurry. You could fire up the Android Device Manager on a computer and get a precise, GPS-pinpointed picture of where your phone is on a map, but if you already know the phone is still at home, this is overkill. Instead, you could now just shout Ok, Google Now, find my phone! and your device will activate an alarm to help you out.

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Now, you may be thinking: "Couldn't I just use Android Device Manager to sound off an alarm as well?" And you would be correct. For all intents and purposes, using a web browser to sound off the alarm is going to provide a more reliable experience. Touchless Control isn't always great at catching voice commands from far away, and this issue would only be compounded if you don't know where in the house a phone is or if there's background noise that you can't eliminate. If you don't already know which room it's in, are you willing to go around shouting the command repeatedly in hopes of getting lucky?

What's new:

  • New "Find my phone" command that triggers an alarm to make your phone easy to find
  • Improved accessibility access for the visually impaired
  • Bug fixes

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if this feature is perfectly reliable out of the gate. It doesn't cost anything to use, and it ultimately amounts to another voice command that you may or may not even know exists. For people who have not taken the time to set up Android Device Manager or a similar offering, this is a convenient backup to have.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • shadowx360

    Now if only I install this on my car keys....

  • moelsen8

    hrm. i hope my coworkers aren't reading. i could see this being abused :P

    • Brad

      That voice command is trained to your voice...

      • moelsen8

        well aware of that. however, part of the time others can get it activated with theirs.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

    I find it amusing that they've been advertising this feature in Verizon commercials already. I called bullshit the first time I saw it, but apparently it was in development.

    Not a chance in hell it would catch the command in a sea of taxis, though.

    • Evan Knofsky

      That is a separate command on the DROID's that does already exist and has since launch.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

        Well, that's just bloody confusing.

      • Malcolm Love

        Now we just have one more way to find our Droids apparently.

  • dtraini30

    Is there any hope you could do a teardown for this?

    • tyguy829

      yes this

  • Flimsy888

    Can someone extract the apk?

    • fonix232

      And how would you use it? AFAIK no other phone has the Moto X's extra voice processing unit that makes it able to listen during sleep.

  • Malcolm Love

    This is pointless, you could already do this by saying "Call my Droid" instead of phone. Granted this one is much quicker. The Droid one just brings up the boot screen. I guess the "Call my droid" command wouldn't work on the Moto X though huh?

    • Loki

      Call my Droid sounds an alarm even if your phone is on silent or vibrate which would make a phone call to it not very useful.

      • Malcolm Love

        I'm not following what you're talking about... I meant "call my droid" as in you can say "Ok Google Now, Call my Droid" just like you could say "Ok Google Now, Find my phone."

        When you say "Call My Droid" it shows the boot screen for the new Droids, when you say "Find my phone" it shows the screen shot above and a different siren noise. EDIT: I'm not sure if the "Call My Droid command works on the Moto X since it's not a Droid. I have a Droid Maxx.

  • CJ

    This will come in handy when I'm in bed/ on the couch and its lost amongst my covers.

  • Rehan Ahmed

    I actually like the sound of it! Particularly helpful in case if you don't have a computer or another device near you.

  • Bronislav Shtrom

    Is this and Motorola Migrate only for Motorola devices, or will it work on my S3?

  • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

    ... or you could just call it from another phone, like landline. :)

  • Random!

    Android device manager isn't so useful when your WiFi/3g went off due to sleep policy and your phone is in a network coverage shadow. Happened to me a few days ago, and I happened to accidentally find my phone hours later before the damned alarm went off. So I guess this voice command could actually be useful.