Last night was a big night for Motorola. The 360's availability was announced, as was the new Moto G and Moto X, and company's tiny new earbuds, the Moto Hint. That's a lot to take in. With all these new devices and new features, app updates are a necessity, and Touchless Control is one of the first to get the makeover treatment.
First off, it's no longer called Touchless Control – moving forward it's simply Moto Voice. Otherwise, the new features are really just for the upcoming Moto X revamp, the 360, and Hint:
- Customize your own launch phrase to make Moto Voice respond only to you
- Voice command support for YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp
- Turn on Talk to Me and other Moto modes through voice commands
- Support for Moto Hint and Moto 360
- User experience improvements and bug fixes
One other interesting tidbit is a little blurb about the future of the first gen Moto X, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, and Droid Ultra:
On your new Moto X (2nd generation), there’s even more:
To make Moto Voice more personal to you, create your own launch phrase, like “Hello Moto X” and teach it your voice. Say “Play Beethoven on YouTube” to play music videos on YouTube. You can also interact with your favorite apps like Facebook and WhatsApp with your voice.
For Moto X (1st generation), Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, and Droid Ultra users, stay tuned for updates to Moto Voice / Touchless Control soon.
It's unclear if that means eventually the aforementioned devices will end up with this new functionality, or if that's just Motorola's way of holding off the sea of questions like "when will this come to my Moto X?!"
Guess we'll see. Eventually. Maybe.
Update: According to Punit Soni, "all the software will come to our existing users too (as long as the Hardware allows it)." So it's safe to assume that the original Moto X will get this feature – could be soon, but it may not show up till the L update is available. Now we play the waiting game.