Mar, 06 2014

Yesterday, we told you guys about a new upgrade to Motorola’s Touchless Controls app that added an awesome new command. Saying “What’s Up” or “Read Notifications” will have the phone read back a list of your recent notifications.

We gave the new feature a spin on video on the Motorola DROID Maxx running Android 4.4 KitKat, and marveled at the fact that it sounds pretty natural and fluid. The app uses context-sensitive information and relativity to give a more naturally-flowing summary of all the things that need my attention.

Simply put: it’s awesome, and while it may not be the most revolutionary thing in the world, it all adds up to that valuable, yet simple software experience Motorola has provided in their latest smartphones. It’s the reason I raved over the DROID Ultra and MAXX in my review, and why it’s compelled me to get behind Motorola for the foreseeable future.

These sorts of features are what we hoped would come of Motorola’s ability to update the app through the Google Play Store, and we’re glad to know they’re taking full advantage of the unique capabilities they’ve enabled in their latest hardware. Watch a quick video demo of the feature in action above.

Want the upgrade on your Moto X, DROID Mini, DROID MAXX or DROID Ultra? Head to Google Play and grab it yourself (but only if you’re on Android 4.4 KitKat). The feature is available in English, Spanish and Italian, with even more coming soon. PS to my colleague Joe from WinSource: the Packers most certainly do not suck, thank you very much.

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