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Moto X has always-on Google Now listening mode and gesture shortcut to camera, launches this August

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday July 15, 2013.

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Motorola's upcoming smartphone promises to rely on sensors to deliver information in new ways, and a video prematurely posted by Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless details how some of those features will work when the phone is released in the coming weeks. The video shows a new persistent listening mode that will wake Moto X from any state, including the screen being off, and respond to a command. Saying "Ok Google Now" will provide standard Google Now searches for weather, texting, directions, and much more.

Moto X also has an update system that puts specific notifications on the lock screen rather than just use a blinking LED. An incoming Facebook Message will cause the screen to blink with the Messenger icon so users know exactly what kind of update appeared. The phone also has a new way of accessing the camera without having to use the lock screen at all. When a user flicks his or her wrist twice while holding the Moto X, it jumps directly to the camera and enables snapping photos by tapping a button.

Though the video was pulled from its original site, the cat's already out of the bag. At the end of the video, Rogers also confirmed that the Moto X will be an exclusive to its network when it launches in August. That means Motorola will definitely be launching the Moto X next month and will soon start preparing to release more information on the phone and its plans to release the device in the U.S.

via: Android And Me

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