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Motorola’s Touchless Control software gained a new trick on the Moto X and Verizon Droid phones: You can now say “OK Google Now, what’s up?” to hear a quick summary of your unread notifications.

Moto X touchless control

Motorola updated its Touchless Control software on Wednesday evening, adding an optional feature to read incoming notifications aloud. Android Central notes that by speaking either the phrase “What’s up?” or “Read my notifications,” the app will read out notifications on the Moto X or Verizon Moto Droid phones.

Moto X touchless control

Users will first have to “wake” the phone up by saying “OK Google Now,” which is the default launch command for Touchless Control. The phone is always listening for this phrase and does so with a low-powered digital signal processor so it doesn’t hurt battery life.

I’ve already updated the app on my Moto X and can see plenty of opportunities to use it. At the beginning of the day when I first wake up, for example. I leave the Moto X on my nightstand to charge and put it in a do not disturb mode for sleeping hours. Now, instead of reaching over for the phone and my glasses, I can simply speak “OK Google Now, what’s up?” to catch up on incoming information.

Here’s a sample from an incoming text I sent myself from my Google Voice account: 

I also leave the Moto X on my desk all day while working on a computer and often speak to it for information using Google voice search. Now I can focus on my computing tasks without notifications popping up on-screen by just having the phone read my notifications throughout the day as needed. And while driving, this type of spoken information could be useful as well.

Motorola says it has also improved the app: The software is faster at determining when you’re done speaking or asking a question so it returns results faster.

  1. a mais nova tecnologia com um comando eficas

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  2. Woo. ….but I just bought grand 2

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  3. Siri with the Iphone is still better

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    1. Curious as to why you think so. I use both and find Google Now / Motorola’s Touchless Controls to be vastly more useful due to the contextual information it can proactively provide.

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      1. Jonathan Douglas Ray Neal-Bayne Saturday, March 8, 2014

        I second this opinion. Can’t wait for the Male UK English to be incorporated.

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    2. No it’s not. See, anyone can say things without having any reasons to back them up.

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  4. The Moto X was the first and the last phone I need to test as part of our “IT” department evaluation of smart phones. I still can’t believe I decided on the first one I tested but a week of living with the “test” Moto X totally hooked me and the phones I tested following it reinforced my decision. Could not wait to get my own and this from a guy that swore after two years of living with the Razor Max swore he’d never get another Motorola phone.
    Now my wife is counting the days until she can get her’s too.

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  5. Ricky Sirianni Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    It’s interesting you said that they updated it to realize when your done speaking better to make it search faster bc when I listened to your audio clip I said to myself, seems faster then it use to be I have a GS4 which I love but my next phone will probably be the newest Moto X simply bc I see myself using these types of features constantly

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  6. You can have this “What’s up” functionality on any Android phone using Touchless Notifications Free: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.viczian.notifications.free

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  7. Philson Varghese Friday, April 25, 2014

    I tried read notifications and whats up on my Moto g and it is not reading the notifications,Instead it searches google for the Phrase.Please some one help me/..

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