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Motorola Touchless Control can now read you your notifications

Motorola Touchless Control can now read you your notifications
The premiere software addition that Motorola has put on the Moto X and new DROID lineup is Touchless Control. The voice command options tie in deeply to Google Now, but also add options on top of Google's offerings; and today, the Touchless Control app was updated with a nice new way to easily have your notifications read aloud.

This has been an odd option that we expected long ago, but never showed up. The thing is that Motorola Assist will read your notifications aloud while you're driving, but there hadn't been a way to have your notifications read out through Touchless Control voice commands. Now, you can. All you need to do is use either the command, "Read notifications," or if that's too much for you, just say, "What's up?" And, the option is available in U.S. English, Spanish, and Italian, and is in beta in other supported languages. 

The update also adds a nice improvement to the system that offers "enhanced end-of-speech detection for improved accuracy and faster responses." While the Moto Touchless Controls have been very good at filtering out background noise and capturing what you're saying, if there is speaking in the background it will keep listening, but this update should fix that. 

The update requires Android 4.4, but all compatible Motorola devices have KitKat updates available, so you should be good there. 

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posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:47

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

"...all compatible Motorola devices have KitKat updates available..."

Really? I just checked my Maxx, and it is on v. 4.4 with the response that the phone is up-to-date when I manually attempt to download software updates.

Edit: Technically KitKat is v. 4.4, so the statement is probably correct. I was looking for v. 4.4.2, which is not yet available for the new Droids.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 23:06

3. Scott93274 (Posts: 5348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

lol, Yeah, you sorta needed to read that line a second time. I got the update for my Moto X but have yet to use it. I think I pretty much use all of Motorola's supplemental software on a daily basis so the fact that they frequently update it is really awesome! I love all the additional features and fixes they keep coming out with.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:54

2. verbalize (Posts: 139; Member since: 03 May 2013)

Works great for me. I love this feature.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 07:57 1

4. palmguy (Posts: 658; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)

I get my Ebony wood Moto X today! I'm ready. :)

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 11:34

5. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

I just retired my Droid Ultra for a Note 3 two days ago, and this is the one feature that I am finding I miss the absolute most.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 14:57

6. vgergo (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)

You can have this "What's up" functionality on any Android phone using Touchless Notifications Free: search for it on the Play Store!

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