Nexus devices running Android 5.0 will have a hands-free feature

Google is rumored to be rolling out to Nexus handsets, a hands-free feature similar to the Touchless Control capability available for the Motorola Moto X. With the latter handset, say "What's up?" or "Read my notifications," and the phone complies. We know that some Hands-free feature is coming, because "Hands-free" appears on the "Voice" menu for those Nexus devices running Android 5.0, where the primary language has been changed. Note, though, that for the moment there is no toggle switch or any feature to turn on or off. We expect that to change eventually.

As such, we don't know when the hands-free feature will be making its way to Nexus models. It could arrive at the same time that another pair of Moto X features comes to certain Nexus models.

One of those features is the Always On Voice Recognition that is coming to the Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. With this feature, the phone or tablet is always listening for the code that turns on Google Search, such as "Ok, Google." Another Moto X feature, Ambient Display, is also on the way to the same models. The feature lights up the screen when you pick your phone or tablet off of a desk. And it also lights up the screen whenever a notification comes in.

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source: gadgetzarena



1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

hell yea

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes sir, that's what I am talking about. +1

2. netizen

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I want this to be posible on ANY android phone! The voice recognition especially

3. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Usually nexuses get some extra features first but eventually the others will also get them if they have the requisite hardware...just like Google now launcher with OK Google command, it was exclusive to the nexus 5 in the beginning but now it's not..

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Note, though, that for the moment there is no toggle switch or any feature to turn on or off." Meanwhile, 91% of American adults feel like they have lost control over their personal data. Ok, Google.

7. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Point not made. This is just a workflow enhancement - merely allowing someone to do by voice what one would otherwise have to pick up the handset to do. It has no effect on one's control of their personal data.

9. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Control of your personal data was always an illusion, before you had become aware your personal data was given to multiple places before you were 7 years of age. Lol, nice try though.

5. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

My Nexus 5 may actually get used more often after these features arrive. Microsoft, your move, where is my active listening Cortana?

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So, with these updates... Can Motorola just make the Moto X completely stock Android and beat Google to the OS updates every time?

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