Motorola's new secret sauce: 'Touchless control' and 'Active notifications'

Motorola's new secret sauce: 'Touchless control' and 'Active notifications'
Motorola has just unveiled not just a new trio of Motorola Droids, but its new ‘secret sauce’, exclusive features that by now we’ve only associated with the Motorola Moto X. That secret sauce comes in two varieties called 'Touchless control' and 'Active notifications'.

'Touchless control' makes your phone listen to you at all times, so you can just say “Ok Google Now” to wake up your phone even when it’s locked.



The new feature relies on a dedicated natural language processing core and a contextual computing core to get the load off the main processing cores and bar ‘Touchless control’ from quickly draining your battery.


'Active notifications' on the other hand allows users to preview messages and app alerts without waking their phone.

We are thrilled to see Motorola introduce these features to a wide range of devices and not just the Moto X. How do you like the company’s new ‘special sauce’?

source: Motorola

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32 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

This is cool!! If it doesn't drain the battery, then i'm all for it.

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

active screen sound like a glace screen. hmmmmmmm interesting though but still it's a cool feature invented by nokia in symbian old glory.

2. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Tardar sauce

7. Knicknevin

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

tartar sauce?

15. domen151

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Maybe he means grumpy cat ;)

27. Secondhead

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Seems like he want to say banana punch

32. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Tardar Sauce = Grumpy Cat

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

now that's a set of great, practical features. i've always wanted to be able to navigate to places while driving without touching my phone. Google Now's initial launch got pretty close to making that a reality for me but this just goes all the way.

10. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Its more useful and intuitive than touchwiz gestures

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

sure is! these new Droids kill the S4 as far as i'm concerned.

21. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Without using those features is already perfect. It kills s4. Am happy s4 is a reference point to other phones believed to have good features. The only way to kill s4 is to sell more than 20million copies in two months. until that record is beaten.

4. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I guess people are finally taking off their foil hats over the always-on, always-listening phone.

5. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Now this,is awesome.unlike other 'innovations' (looking at you galaxy s4)

6. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Still rather have the Samsung, not really feeling excited for this at all probably because Motorola never makes it to the UK anyway and because it's well.....meh!

31. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

whatever works for you man.i personally would use these features than to wave my hand around on phone which has a perfectly capable touchscreen.

8. Orionsbelt

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Hopefully they have a good way to distinguish different voices in the same room. Would be interesting to see what happens with multiple phones near each other.

9. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

These features are awesome... But when samsung makes these kinda features everyone says it is useless.....lot of samsung hate here...

11. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Samsung came with a lot of useful features in s4, all people could say was 'gimmick', now is from Moto, and is cool. Afterall moto is cool. Haters wake up!

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Motorola's brought actual, practical features to the table. most of the Software Samsung brings people just don't use. it bloats up the phone.

17. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Actual and practical features indeed. Without a single soul giving a practical testimony on how these features of Moto, is already perfect in some peoples minds. I doubt if anyone held the s4 before casting doubts and dozens of criticisms whether those features are beneficial- no chance, no one allowed the sleeping dog to lie. Probably, this the first day a lot of us came to learn about this moto features and is already okay, perfect!

18. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Actual and practical features indeed. Without a single soul giving a practical testimony on how these features of Moto, is already perfect in some peoples minds. I doubt if anyone held the s4 before casting doubts and dozens of criticisms whether those features are beneficial- no chance, no one allowed the sleeping dog to lie. Probably, this the first day a lot of us came to learn about this moto features and is already okay, perfect!

20. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

So, Moto' features are "practical?" Disappointed but not surprised. Having you wave your hand over the S4 to reject or answer a call is not "practical" according to you right? I guess you have never gotten your hands wet or been in the kitchen then.

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it really isn't. how often do you have to use your phone in the time it would take you to dry or wipe your hands and who would even think to use it if they did? it's neat and there's a situation for that feature to be used but it's very, very unlikely to be used since it's so unimportant. Moto on the other hand has given me a way to reroute my Google Maps while i'm driving without even looking at the phone. that's practical and it piggy backs on the progress Google makes with Now so the possibilites are endless. Google will probably update Google Search tomorrow so Google Now will do even more and now hands-free with Motorola.

19. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Haters will always hate. They will give stupid excuses to justify their ignorance.

22. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Similar to how they praise LG's design language, but piss on Samsung's, when the designs look almost exactly the same! smh

14. ilia1986 unregistered

Sorry fellas, the day that speech recognition becomes 100% accurate is the day when keyboards will die. We are far far far from that day, as of yet.

28. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

and don´t forget that there are way more languages than keyboard layouts and it is a looooot harder to code for diferent languages than for change the kb layout

23. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

hello nokia glance

24. google-apple

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

AWESOME...

26. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Touchless control? So everyone can control this phone? :/

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