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Motorola releases Touchless Control app into Google Play for faster updating, only on new Moto devices

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Motorola releases Touchless Control app into Google Play for faster updating, only on new Moto devices
Motorola is definitely a Google company. If you weren't convinced before, this should remove all doubt. Unlike other companies, which probably worry about little things like piracy, Motorola has decoupled one of the key features of its new line of phones - Touchless Control - and released the app into the Google Play Store.

This means that if Motorola wants to update the feature, it doesn't have to bother with pushing an OTA update to all users and deal with carrier testing and things like that. All Motorola has to do is push an update through the Google Play Store. This is definitely something we'd like to see more often. 

Of course, the Touchless Control app is only available for the Motorola DROID MAXX, DROID Ultra, DROID Mini, and Moto X, and requires Android 4.2 and higher, which makes sense given the devices it will be on. And, it only supports U.S. English, U.S. Spanish, Canadian French, and Brazilian Portuguese, which makes for a pretty limited language set.

We'll be sure to let you know when someone over at XDA has cracked the app to run on any device. It probably won't be all that long of a wait. Or, you can always use our handy how to article to get Touchless Control-like functionality on your device right now. 

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posted on 21 Aug 2013, 16:16 1

1. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

This is how almost every manufacturer updates their apps and bloatware. derp.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 16:32 2

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

other OEM's update bloat like this but not major marketing features like Touchless Control.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 16:36 1

3. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)

still fail to understand why google wont just release the updates online like apple does.
screw other oems lets just do that for nexus for now. why do nexus that are bought from carriers have to wait half a year to get updates?

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 16:47

4. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

I've been saying this is how the manufacturers should be doing it for a while. Still cant understand why they dont. The manufacturers still get to differentiate by adding features they deem are useful to their customers, while people who dont like those features get to delete them easily. Not to mention, everyone gets quicker updates than their currently is on android.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 17:39

6. tacarat (Posts: 805; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

1) The carriers slow down the process to have their own testing. Customers throw tantrums at them, not the manufacturer, when things go wrong. So thorough testing (which will usually still have bugs slip through) makes things too slow for enthusiasts and insufficient testing messes with the other 90% of users.

2) Conspiracy theory states that a lack of updates on older hardware will spur future sales. I'm not sure how, since iOS usually get 3 years worth of annual updates. Nexus phones do well too. Too many PHBs, maybe.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 17:57

7. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Referring to number 2, apple releases updates but not new features for 3 years. So that doesn't completely eliminate the conspiracy.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 17:04

5. Ovy13 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Aug 2013)

What I want to know is 1. When will this feature be ported to other phones, and 2. will it be able to use the low-power feature on the Snapdragon 800? If the latter is the case, the LG G2 will suddenly become far more appealing than the S4 or HTC One.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 21:42

10. jove39 (Posts: 1976; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

This feature will be hard to port...coz its tightly coupled to unknown hardware...and will have hardware dependency.

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