Motorola Assist has just made the jump to version 1.3, and with the update comes the expected helping of new features. Today's serving includes the ability to respond to text messages with just your voice and the option to select which music app to launch automatically when entering the car. Just be sure to select the best music app when prompted, as Assist won't necessarily dish out the most practical set of options.

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To sweeten things further, the app should now do a faster job detecting when you're driving thanks to enhancements in Motorola Contextual Services.

What's new:

  • You can now reply to incoming SMS messages using just your voice
  • Improved driving detection
  • While driving, Motorola Assist will automatically launch your favorite music app
  • Bug fixes!

For the unfamiliar, Motorola Assist is an app exclusive to the Moto X and Verizon's latest DROIDs that tries to reduce how often you need to reach for your phone. It can silence calls during meetings or when it's time for bed, for example. Version 1.3 should not only save you a few seconds when it's time to step back in the car for that evening commute, it should hopefully help you resist the urge to type out responses to SMS messages while driving, which we all know just isn't smart.

Source: Motorola, Google+

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.

  • Martin

    Motorola is getting better and better.. Is it tomorrow Motorola event in Uk? Hope Moto X comes in Europe :-)

    • Twelk

      Yes Martin, tomorrow is the Moto event.
      I can't help feeling that Motorola bringing what will effectively be a five month old phone to the European market isn't a good idea.

      • CodeMonkey

        Depends what pricing they use..

        • Twelk

          I can't see them wanting to undercut the nexus 5 though.

          • CodeMonkey

            I'd settle for parity with the N5, which would match the US price + VAT.

            I've a 32gb N5, cases, 2 QI chargers and a great eBay rep so if the price is right I may well order a MotoX asap.

      • Martin

        Yes. For the right price I will get it :-))) Here in my country Note 3 costs $1000.. And I don't like it and will sell it.. And for the right price 300-400$ I will get Moto X :)

      • Elliot Kotis

        I hope...that next time the Moto Flagship is released world wide.

  • WORPspeed

    The one feature I want on my Nex5....the one feature that might make me buy a moto X (or its successor) as my new phone...the one feature I will probably only use to show off, but also the one feature I MUST have :D

    • remister

      OK Google ... download Motorola Assist

    • maysider

      yes, hope Motorola will start innovating while Android has completely stopped innovating

    • br_hermon

      If you're into coding... Tasker for the win!

      • WORPspeed

        I never find a use for Tasker...installed the trial version several times...found no particular use and then uninstaleld it.
        The most automation I do is with NFC Taskmanager or whatever it is called...to switch off mobile data when connected to wifi adn turn it back on when disconected.

        I don't trust the automation yet...even a simple thing like, set ringer volume to 2 when connected to work wifi sometimes fails :S

  • mustbepbs

    My DROID DNA just shit the bed, so I'm picking up a Moto X. Looking forward to the new Moto.

  • Twelk

    Does anyone know what time the event is?

  • Gilberth Cordova

    Also Moto G

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

      Yeah, but Motorola Assist on the Moto G does not detect cars, it only silences the phone to "Sleeping Mode" (based on a preset time) and "Meeting Mode" (based on Google Calendar events)

  • Nathan

    Just used it to respond to a text while driving. Worked flawlessly. Phone was even in my pocket.

  • John Smith

    So, if this *doesn't* need a mic to listen to the user properly, why does Waze fail me without a mic ?

  • Snicholls

    Does Android Police know of any Android Apps that allow you too replicate this function to other Android Phones (Nexus 5) in terms of voice commands the closest I have found is Open Mic+ but the off screen functionality does not work with N5, but sending,replying too and reading out SMS messages is the key feature I am looking for anybody seen anything?

    • Christopher Bement

      There's really nothing comparable right now. All of the apps that try to emulate MotoX voice commands or Nexus 5 "Okay Google" stuff just end up being horrible battery murderers. Just have to wait and see. Don't forget a lot of this has to do with the CPU in the phone, it's not only on the software side.

  • SR

    What a ridiculous app. I would delete it if I could. To install it as a default is even more insulting!