Moto X’s Connect feature will let you see who’s calling and texting from your PC


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We’re just hours away from the Motorola Moto X’s big reveal, and even in the final hours information is still rolling in. This time, a couple of Motorola’s apps for the device (and other newer devices) have popped up in the Google Play Store and Chrome Web Store. The first is Motorola Connect, a Chrome extension that will allow you to see who is calling and texting you from your desktop PC.

You won’t need to reach for your phone to see who is trying to get in touch with you. What’s more is that you can respond to text messages from your browser, as well. Pretty neat stuff, I’d say. This app should also work for the latest DROID devices, whenever those are available.

The other app is Motorola Migrate, which — as the name predictably implies — will help facilitate the transfer of your contacts, text messages, call history, media, and other settings from your old smartphone. It’s nothing groundbreaking or surprising, but there it is anyway. It’s in the Google Play Store right now, though without a Moto X it’s probably a bit useless at this current moment in time.

We’ll be looking to get a closer look at all those features and more once the device is officially unveiled today. Don’t forget that we’re in New York City to take it all in, so stay tuned for coverage of everything Moto X throughout the course of the day.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. So you mean they integrated AirDroid?

    1. Looks more like MightyText

    2. Yeah, I was gonna say I have been doing this for ages with Airdroid, in addition to all it’s other features.

    3. I have Airdroid, but haven’t gotten around to using it. So you can respond to texts from a PC or Mac?

      1. It’s done through the browser, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on Mac. I use PC and between that and MightyText I have options.

    4. more like they copied Kies from Samsung.

    5. AirDroid is the tits.

  2. google voice and hangouts extensions already do this

    1. How do you use Hangouts to do it? All I know with Hangouts is that I can use a texting online feature.

      1. google voice stores the texts and the voicemails

        hangouts stores the chats and notifies me that a call is coming in

        1. How do you configure hangouts to do so? My Hangouts app just shows me video calls or chat messages. I want that SMS integration they promised. It is taking far too long.

          1. hangouts does NOT have SMS integration…otherwise i wouldn’t have Voice extension installed. I didn’t configure Hangouts to show incoming calls…as long as you have a GV number.

          2. I never said it had SMS integration. I said I want it asap.

  3. More battery consuming resources when we can just use Google Voice and Hangouts

    1. Heh. My thoughts were “I bet this uses hangouts” – which I see nothing wrong with that.

    2. MightyText is a similar app. It can notify you of calls and send and receive SMS from browsers on your PC or from the tablet version of the app.

      One nice feature is that is watches your phone’s battery too. Several times I’ve been using my Nexus 7 and gotten a notification that my phone was getting low reminding me to plug it in before it died.

      You can actually save battery life too by not having to turn on your screen to do SMS.

  4. Mightytext!

    1. The problem with browser based solutions is that they aren’t as real-time as alternatives. They rely on refreshing and are prone to disconnects. I tried out just about every available option about a year ago. Mighty Text was decent, but it fell short of options that had a standalone installer.

      The best computer texting app I found was one that worked by connecting the phone via USB. It isn’t the most convenient, but it’s hands-down the most reliable.

      1. I thought the same thing when I first tried MightyText about 10 months ago. I tried it again very recently. It works quite well now. A few lags every now and then, but overall rock solid.

  5. I used to use MightyText a lot but it became so laggy about getting messages or sending them, I finally gave up. mySMS seems to handle the load a lot better. The only downside is that the tablet version of their app is pay. However you can still use their site in any browser.

    Using it as a stopgap until Google gets SMS/MMS integrated into Hangouts across all platforms.

  6. Does anyone know where to watch the livestream for the event? Is it going to be aired?

      1. Hello! Thanks a lot for the info, I sincerely appreciate it.
        That was really helpful! Thanks again.

      2. That has a countdown of 9 hours. The 8PM event is supposedly the after-party. The phone will be announced before that.

        1. The event is at 3, after party is at 8

    1. No livestream. Rumor is it starts at 3pm EST.

  7. According to the Play Store, MIgrate will work on my Droid1, RAZR Maxx and RAZR HD Maxx. Apparently isn’t isn’t just for the X

  8. What OS is that photo from? Chrome OS? The close browser icon looks like Mac slightly.

    1. thats Mac alrite.

      1. No its Chrome OS but the are using Mac windows. Somebody in the graphics department done messed up lol

        1. I was just looking at the 3 dots on the chrome window and on the moto connect window. the red green and yellow dots made me think mac. the icons at the bottom had me puzzled tho.

  9. Why does the event have to be at 8PM? Why so late?

    1. The event is at 3 pm EST, the after party is at 8pm

      1. Stupid CNET and other media outlets.

  10. I have this with google voice and hangouts in gmail right now.

  11. This feature isn’t anything spectacular or revolutionary. I’ve been using Mighty Text since release and it does the exact same thing. The only thing missing is making calls from your computer, a la Google Voice/Hangouts, and it would be a perfect companion app/extension.

  12. When does the event begin? I’m having Moto X news withdrawal :/

    1. 3PM ET. im free today lol

  13. wow amazing.

  14. This is one more feature that should be built into stock Android.

  15. So, they’re putting in OEM software, what airdroid already does?

  16. There’s an app that does the same thing Motorola Connect does. I think it’s called Desktop Notifier. Let me go see…

    No it’s not, but that brought up a few apps that do the same thing.

    I would love for a more Android integrated one, though. I feel those are more stable. Though sometimes that’s just a placebo.

  17. So basically, it’s bloatware to do what I can with Google Voice and Hangouts already…except maybe MMS, which is the ONLY thing GV is missing…and I REALLY want that. I confuse people with my “use this number for everything…well except mms.” I imagine there are a lot of people that haven’t adopted GV for that reason. The whole “use e-mail” as an argument doesn’t necessarily work. The other person may not have a smart phone or check e-mail often etc. The point of sms/mms is the immediate notification and more universal reachability. Plus, people like me don’t turn on notifications for e-mail because there’s too much stuff I don’t need a blinky light for. I installed enotify for some e-mail alerts, but it would be nice if that alerted on more apps. Maybe there’s a better solution for specific notifications from specific users on other apps/email/text etc. that could work better, but I haven’t found it.

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