Motorola Touchless Controls’ “What’s Up” command is too awesome for words [VIDEO]


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.

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. Joe better daaaable check his opinion on the Packers.

  2. Love MotoX. A phone and features that are actually useful.

  3. Wish they could expand this to the Nexus 5 :(

    1. if they did that then there’d be very little reason for anyone to buy a Motorola device.

    2. be patient, xda developers are working on it

  4. Haha f the fudge packers Go Bears!

  5. I tried it this morning expecting it to not work all that great and be a feature I’d never use. Instead i was really surprised at how well it works. I’ve now used it a few times today. Pretty cool.

  6. Worked once. Crashes all the time now. And Assist is broken as well. Yippee.

  7. Green and Gold baby!!!!!!!!!

  8. Your buddy’s ex-wife worked 11 hours/day for 28 days straight? Tell your buddy to have his wife get a life. And join her.

  9. Put this in stock Android now!

    I would say buy them, but…well, you know…

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