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They've done it with the camera. They've done it with Touchless Control and Migrate. They've even done it with the FM Radio from the brand new Moto G. Now Motorola is moving even more of its proprietary phone apps into Google Play Land, presumably to allow for more frequent and reliable updates. Today Motorola Assist and Motorola Connect, both exclusive to the Moto X and Verizon's new Motorola DROID phones, are available on the Play Store.

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Motorola Assist is a pretty basic automation app that will change a few settings based on time or location. In driving mode it can automatically start a music app and read out text messages or incoming callers. It's also got a sleep and "do not disturb" function, which will silence calls and texts during regular sleeping hours or for a pre-set amount of time for a meeting or movie. The app can also auto-reply with a canned response.

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Motorola Connect is more interesting, at least if you've got a new Moto phone and you spend most of your day on a computer. The app connects with this Chrome extension to alert you to new calls or text messages on your PC (like Google Hangouts will do if you use a Google Voice number). You can even reply to text messages using your own number.

There don't appear to be any significant changes to the apps themselves, so Moto X and DROID owners are unlikely to see any new features for the time being. You don't need to re-download the apps; they should already appear on your My Apps list in the Google Play Store.

Source: Eve Bills Google+, Mark Rose Google+

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.
  • Dominic Powell

    small change in assist - You can put your own personal away message for driving and meetings.

  • Francisco Rodriguez

    I love that Motorola is doing this. Less stuff to have to wait for OTAs to update.

  • ITGuy11

    If all of Moto's recent activity would have happened a few years ago, they would be on top instead of Samsung.

    • Xaionik

      Sometimes you just need a kick in the ass to get moving again.

  • Julian

    Well, damn. I can't seem to be able to download it, even though I'm on a Moto X (oddly enough, it says "XT1058" on Play Store). I wonder if anyone else is noticing the same thing?

    • esoneill

      I'm seeing this too. I have a stock AT&T Moto X and Play store tells me it's not compatible with my device.

      I heard you have to have 4.4, but no news articles mention that.

      • akshay7394

        You don't need 4.4, both these apps launched before the 4.4 update.

        • Doctor Awesome PhD

          It says "Only for devices running Android™ 4.4, KitKat®." under the Motorola Connect description.

          • akshay7394

            No I meant, it might *say* that, but it isn't so because these released along with the Moto X. Must've been a mistake when adding the app to the play store.

          • esoneill

            Then why can't my 4.2.2 Moto X install the Connect or Assist updates from the Play store?

          • akshay7394

            If the play store entry is specified wrongly, no devices below that specification can download it. They'll have to fix it first. Patience.

          • Matt

            It seems more likely that they'll keep it at 4.4+ and, though it was built into the Moto X on lower versions of Android, it's being released to update from the Play Store only on KitKat. Considering T-Mobile and Verizon Moto X's are already on 4.4 and updates on other devices are coming down the pike, that seems to me like the most likely scenario.

          • akshay7394

            Definitely possible!

  • Dr_Carpenter

    Just want to point out, connect sends all notifications to your computer, not just calls and texts. You can only interact with calls and texts but you still get toast notifications for everything else.

  • Christopher Ferguson

    Can anyone post the APK for moto assist? I wanna try to side load it and see if it works in the nexus 5....

    • master94

      I doubt it would. It will see you aren't using a Moto phone and crash if it's anything like Moto's other apps

      • Christopher Ferguson

        Moto's camera app actually works pretty well on quite a few non moto devices...I just want to try it...but no one seems to have the apk.

        • orangesoder

          if you contact me I can send you the .apk. @orangesoder on twitter.

  • imsoupercereal

    Motorola Assist sounds awfully a lot like Motorola Smart Actions. Did i miss something here?

    • Jeff Badger

      It's basically the same thing; though, Assist has less options than Smart Actions.

  • Doctor Awesome PhD

    Does anyone have the .apk for Motorola Connect? I have VZW Droid Maxx but it says it's incompatible with my device.

    • Jeff Badger

      You need the KitKat update first.

      • Doctor Awesome PhD

        Yeah. I just saw that. Bummer.

  • Jeremy Gill

    Sorry, this is a little off topic, but I can't seem to find the answer anywhere. Does anyone know if the T-Mobile Moto X needs to be sim unlocked to work on AT&T or is it basically the same as the developer edition?

    • Darrien Glasser

      The T-Mobile one is SIM unlocked from the start. You don't need to worry about that.