A leaked video of the Moto X from Canadian wireless network Rogers shows that it will always be listening to your voice for commands. The passive voice monitoring is akin to the one used by Google Glass, but the device responds to “OK Google Now…” rather than “OK Glass.”
Always on voice monitoring seems to be the way the technology industry is heading in; Xbox One also has an option to listen in on all your conversations with the Kinect system for voice commands. Though most smartphones have a mic and camera pointed at the user’s direction at all times during usage, there are some privacy concerns that need to be tackled first, especially in the face of the recent controversy surrounding the PRISM program from NSA. It is not known whether Google will provide an option to switch off passive voice monitoring.
The video also showcased the new alert mechanism that flashes “active updates” to your screen after waking from sleep, and shows the notifications that are waiting for you in each app. The phone will also support a few motion detecting and other novel features such as flicking wrists twice to activate camera mode, tapping anywhere on the touch screen to capture pictures or keeping the screen pressed to capture burst images.
The Moto X will be the first phone released by Motorola’s mobile division after Google bought it. The video says that the smartphone will be launched in August, and we’re already mid-way through July. Google should be announcing more details about the handset soon.