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Since being bought by Google, Motorola has developed and released a number of apps into the Play Store, ranging from Touchless Control and its camera to the Moto G's FM Radio. This would be exciting stuff, except these apps remain limited to the devices they ship on, and Google Play availability just allows for quicker updates (which is still exciting, just for less people). Yet even for the people who own these Motorola devices, the latest app the company's dropped into the Play Store isn't going to do much to draw a smile. Here it is, Motorola Contextual Services.

MotorolaContextualServices

That's the closest thing to a screenshot of this service's functionality as you're going to get. That's because this release is less an app and more of a framework, similar to Google Play services. It helps keep your other apps up-to-date and provides core functionality such as drive, meeting, and sleeping detection for Motorola Assist and Touchless Control. Those latter apps might not even work without this installed. So that means you want this, even if it is a complete snoozer on its own.

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. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Brendan Dillon

    Definitely a snoozer, but a great thing to see. I love how Motorola is following Google's trend of circumventing carriers for updates.

    • nvillaco

      True but remember that they aren't really following Google's trend. They ARE Google setting the trend for others to follow.

      • Brendan Dillon

        True, though in "Google's" case it's core OS functionality, while with "Motorola" it's for their skin.

        • Magneira

          A couple of extra apps does not constitute a skin.

          • Brendan Dillon

            True, it doesn't, but I couldn't think of a better word for it at the time. Still brainfarting on that.

          • sweenish

            Port. Skin is already a misnomer.

      • herbivoor

        Nope

  • MichaelR

    I second that, Brendan!

  • Tom in Bristol

    Read the what's new... Blue tooth folks be happy.

  • philnolan3d

    Of course it's incompatible with all of my Motorola devices.

    • Justin W

      Um... Moto X, Droid Maxx, Ultra, and Mini... If it's not one of those, it didn't initially ship with it and it won't get it..

      • philnolan3d

        Nope it's not one of those. RAZR Maxx and Xoom. And Droid X if you go way back.

        • Magneira

          Of course, they dont have the extra cores that would enable you to use those services without destroing your battery life.

          • philnolan3d

            How many extra cores would it need?

          • Magneira

            Its not about more or more power, the Moto X and some new droids have two extra low power cores who keep on all the time to listen to your commands or to know when your driving to enter the driving mode and etc without sacrificing battery life. If you used those apps on a smartphone without those extra low power cores, your main cores would have to be on all the time and your battery life would drop really really fast, this is the reason those apps are only compatilbe with the moto x and the new droids

          • Justin W

            It's not necessarily about the cores, though those help reduce the impact on battery life. The new Moto's (the ones I listed above) are the only Moto devices with always-on mic and active notifications, which utilize the contextual framework Moto's built into them, therefore, the older Moto devices have no use for the software update.

  • Kolyan24k

    All I wanna see is 4.4.2 and camera update. I love the phone but camera makes me wanna switch to N5

  • Magneira

    What would make touchless control exiting if it was available to more devices? none have the x8 mobile system so it would only destroy theyr battery life, and dont get started with the snapdragon 800...

    • akshay7394

      Sure, but things like Active Notifications and Assist, etc., those would all work fine on other devices, and would be welcome additions.

      Active Notifications especially, on every phone that has an AMOLED display. And LCD too if you really want to murder your battery hahaah

      • Magneira

        No they would not, because active notifications is not just the screen turning on, some lumias already do that, the motorola implementation recgnizes when you pic up your phone, when you take it from your pocket or when you put it with its face down, this is done by those extra low power who keep the acelerometer on all the time without mudering your battery, so you could have your screen pulsating but it would keep pulsating when you put on your pocket just like a simple led and that would be bad for the battery in the end, so no this is only for the moto x and the droids.

        • akshay7394

          Literally none of those things affect your battery majorly and can easily be done on any device. There are several apps that replicate Active Notifications' functionality (DynamicNotifications being the best example) for other devices and generally speaking the feedback has been minimal battery drainage. Accelerometers are on all the time anyway, as long as you've left auto-rotate on on your device. And your proximity sensor barely drains battery, most devices these days come with that feature to flip your phone to silence a call, etc. Also all phones come with proximity sensors so I don't know why you think they wouldn't work the same way as the X's.

          I'm not saying Motorola's optimized cores/chipsets aren't better, they most certainly are. But that doesn't mean other devices can't do this job just fine.

          • Magneira

            If it does not, why all phones does not have this? I ve tried this with my nexus 4 and nexus 7, and they have lcd screens with theyr normal snapdrago s4 and yes it took a huge hit on battery life.

          • akshay7394

            Did you even read my comment?

            From the original comment - "on every phone that has an AMOLED display. And LCD too if you really want to murder your battery hahaah"

    • Simon Belmont

      I will get started with the Snapdragon 800 because it could also do the touchless controls with its low-power language core and barely touch the battery life. Google just hasn't baked this functionality into stock Android yet (more likely it'll end up in the Google Play Services framework app and be enabled for phones that can do low-power language processing, like the Snappy 800).

      See here: http://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/processors/800 . Check the section with the video that says "Technology that listens to you." It explains it quite well.

      • Magneira

        I know about that, that is why I said to not get started, but you did so, the nexus 5 has a shitty battery life so you can that the snapdragon 800 is not as good as the x8 on the battery. When you see a phone using the snapdragon 800 AND with this function enabled we can talk, until them the moto x and the droids are THE ONLY ONES with this awesome function.

        • Simon Belmont

          Funny. I get great battery life out of my Nexus 5. Many hours of screen on time on LTE on a daily basis. I've had no issues with it.

          The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a Snapdragon 800 chip and it uses this function: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hzdd9qGFew . The guy even says it's similar to the Google Now touchless controls on the Moto X. Hmm?

          • Magneira

            Funny that everyone even the guys from android police complained about battery life on the nexus 5, saying it was mediocre and praised the battery on the moto x. And I did not know about the note 3 tks for that, but it can use because it has a monstruous battery inside, good luck having that on you nexus 5, and the note 3 does not have the other funcions the x8 mobile system have because the only function on the snapdragon 800 is to listen to your voice, it cant know if you are driving or turn on your screen when you pick your phone etc, so yes the x8 is still beter, your point being?

        • You’re screwed

          Haha. You got owned by that guy below, man. Time to shut up and move on. Maybe next time you'll research before opening your fat mouth.

          Woo. I love it when this happens.

          • Magneira

            great now your life is complete, I am glad you are happy, see ya, now I will keep having a normal conversation withou worring if someone is owned or stupid things like that!

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