Moto Voice is the new name for Touchless Control which all original Moto X users are familiar with. The feature is rebranded in the new Moto X. The update brings a few new features; the hallmark of which is the ability to use custom launch phrases. Although it is only compatible with the new Moto X for now. If last year was any indication, we should see the feature in the upcoming Verizon exclusive DROIDs.
The most impressive thing about Moto Voice is that it learns to recognise your voice prompts. This works even in a crowded room or a noisy environment thanks to the four microphones in the new Moto X. As with previous Motorola flagships such as the DROIDs and the Moto X, you won’t need to worry about battery consumption due to the super low powered natural language processor which Motorola uses in its X8 architecture.
For original Moto X users and Motorola made members of the Verizon DROID family, Moto Voice is now live in the Play Store, but, don’t get too excited because there is no custom launch phrase support. However, the app does come with some undisclosed bug fixes and support for the Motorola made Moto 360. It’s really hard to say if the older phones will ever get a custom launch phrase support, hopefully in the future but don’t get your hopes too high yet.
This follows a trend which seems to be growing with Android device manufacturers in which they release their proprietary applications into the Play Store. Motorola originally did this with their camera application last year and seems to be expanding the amount of applications being released. This move allows the manufacturers to get updates out to their application without going through the hassle of releasing an over the air (OTA) update which requires carrier approval in countries such as Australia and the U.S. as well as many others.
Source: Android Authority