Jul 14 AT 7:38 AM Nick Gray 53 Comments

Motorola Moto X tech demo video shows off new features, confirms August launch


We present to you the Motorola Moto X. A leaked Rogers Moto X tech demo video gives us an official overview of the phone along with confirmation that it will launch as a Rogers exclusive in Canada this August in both black and white. The handset features shown off in the video include voice only Google Now activation, active updates which briefly displays notifications on the screen rather than flashing an LED, double wrist twist gesture to open the camera, snap pictures by pressing anywhere in the screen or snap multiple shots by pressing and holding.

Just in case the video gets pulled, you’ve captured about a dozen still frames in the gallery below.¬†What’s your take on the new Motorola Moto features shown off in the video? Have Google and Motorola succeeded in making the smartphone even smarter?

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Source: Ausdroid

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Graham

    Just FYI, the YouTube account belongs to the author of the original post from Ausdroid.net

    • Steve

      haha,… busted. ….ever think about linking sources properly?

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        Link to the original blog post has been added. We picked up the YouTube link through G+ and there was no link back to the article.

  • Nate B.

    I like how they’re targeting software and the overall user experience, and not saying we have a beast of a phone juts based off specs. At the end of the day you can have the best specs in the world or on the market, but if the software is bad which impacts the main thing which is the user experience, then it’s pretty much a turn off. I think it’ll be a solid phone overall.

    I personally don’t like the thought of the flipping you wrist feature for the camera. I can see it coming in handy but not feeling natural. It cuts a little bit of time off from finding the camera app if it’s not on your home screen or simply waking it up from your lock screen.

    I’m also curious to know if this is a 4.3 feature coming soon.

    • Nate B.

      Not really relevant, but do you guys think you could design your gallery to open up as an overlay on top of the article that it shares instead of another page? That way it can be all in one spot and be able to click an X button or off to the side to close it.

    • vforvortex

      I think the gesture to open camera app will come in handy if you are using another app and want to get directly to the camera app.

      If I am not mistaken the app Halo lets you pin app shortcuts to your notification drop down for quick access too now.

      • zerosix

        I use Notofication Toggle instead

        • epps720

          I use Glovebox and love it! Instead of using your notification bar, a bar pulls out from either side of the screen. In the free version you can choose 8 apps or shortcuts and works within any app not just from the home screen. Highly recommend testing it out.

          • blobman

            Try Swypepad. It’s similar but quicker and really nice.

    • zerosix

      I suppose, Google will not make it a 4.3 feature. They want this device to be sold not for popularity of Android and even not for bringing Google expirience to some geeks, but to get back their 12 billions.

  • JB

    Available in Black or white…. what happened to all those options of colors and materials? Why on Rogers in August first if it is made in the USA? When will it be out on all the USA carriers? Is this going to to be all that the hype said it would be or was the hype too good to be true?

    • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

      I believe there was a rumor that Rogers will be selling standard black and white versions and the customized versions will be available through Motorola directly.

    • JB

      And not for nothing, but I signed up on the Motorola page to get updates directly from them on this phone and have not received one piece of information… has anyone else?

      • Yahoo Wizard

        Nothing official has been released yet, just leaks, so yeah. You don’t get those sent by Motorola.

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    Notifications remind me of that Knock² app. Remember? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.knock.knock.plus

  • SGB101

    I’m a bit underwhelmed, it hardly the revolution we was promised.

    Noting wrong with it, but it doesn’t have a wow factor either. The always on voice, could be updated to almost any phone out now.

    • ezpotato

      very consumer focused device, all about the experience. it’s about time google did that vs throwing out specs.

      mass appeal, you can tell.

      for us other techies, we have tons of other options.

    • mattcoz

      We were NEVER promised a revolution.

      • mkstvns

        It’s a bit of a revolution for Motorola anyway, I reckon. Good on them.

  • ezpotato

    i am strangely attracted to the hardware of this phone. may be a step down in specs from the One, but when the One and MotoX launch for VZW, I am gonna be torn, although leaning towards the One for the multimedia experience.

    and yes, i would imagine building your own phone will be done through googorola, while at the retail stores you would get preset devices (or you build on a website or in store in an app and get it delivered?) dont see how you can “build” your own device at a retail store. (like the lego store, haha)

    • zerosix

      I’ve never been a “specs-fan”, the only thing that matters is screen. If it’s really 4.4 without fullHD I would be extremely happy.

  • Tim

    I wonder how the no-touch voice recognition affects the battery life?

    • monk

      They said the phone have a dedicated low power specialized cpu just to manage the voice input and sensors when screen is off, so battery life would not be compromised. This is a great feature if it’s real and works

      • mattcoz

        It will be compromised, it still takes some power, just not much.

  • Tony

    I love the always ready to voice respond BUT they need to simplify the “OK Google Now” command that’s too long!! Or allow me to customize the activate keyword, that way you could make it Jarvis and they wouldnt run into any copyright worries.

  • rashad360

    It is a little creepy having the phone in always listening mode

    • Tim

      Verizon a while back had thought of always listening to help tailor directed advertising, etc. They wisely decided against it. I presume in this case it is listening for key phrase.

  • Cameron

    If they totally got rid of the notification LED, it may be a deal breaker for me. The idea it doesn’t tell you anything is so wrong – for those who know how to use it.

    • Mike

      Agreed! I hope they do not do away with the LED all together.

    • mattcoz

      Yeah, the notification LED is so useful, I really hope it doesn’t go away. Where will charging status be displayed? Will notifications pop up on the screen and then go away? What if I’m not looking at my phone at the time? Doesn’t this just waste more battery by needing to turn the screen on?

      • fade

        Its pretty vague in that advert, but I wonder if the notifications being shown on screen instead of the notification light are actually using something along the lines of this – http://arstechnica.com/apple/2008/11/apple-files-for-dual-backlight-iphone-notification-patent/ – which should have much less of an impact on battery life.

        Seemed like a good idea at the time, and definitely fits in with all the extra experience focussed details that we’ve heard about do far for the Moto X. I guess you could do quite a lot with something like this as well, maybe customisable content such as email subjects etc, depending on the users settings?

    • Gary Graf

      Yes but now it blinks on the screen instead of the corner. So what’s the difference?

      • zerosix

        It’s difficult to explain. Even if your screen would be always on without draining your battery, notofication LED is necessary. That’s one of the things I like about Motorola devices. It’s just OK to have a LED.
        LED is bright and you can take not the whole phone out of your pocket

    • vforvortex

      Notification LED is at the botton similar to the Nexus 4.

    • masterpfa

      No so much of a deal breaker but for me a case of “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”
      LED notifications works best for me as I do at times leave my phone unattended, but on return and at a glance I can tell if I have received a notification by my LED light status.

      If the proposals are in addition then all well and good.

  • redraider133

    Even with the rumored specs this phone has me interested and may try it out when it comes to Verizon.

  • Co1e

    Im hoping for the best with this phone, but I need to know how useful those features actually are in real life, along with things like battery life and image quality. It needs to make a strong impression or I’ll just end up waiting for the Nexus 5.

  • lou2cool88

    These leaks are getting more and more interesting. I love the idea of always-on voice recognition the screen blinking notifications instead of a notification light but not at the expense of battery life. Here’s hoping it comes with a monster “MAXX”-style battery.

    • zerosix

      I’m a bit disappointed that we alread know almost everything about this phone. I’m waiting for something fantastic at the presentation

    • mattcoz

      I’m thinking it’s gotta be an AMOLED screen which would require minimal battery usage for the screen notifications.

  • mattcoz

    Looks so much better without the Moto logo on the front.

  • Dookie

    Hard to tell from the video but after watching it a few times. The screen is blank she looks at her phone and it lights up and shows her the notification. Could be massively wrong but what’s to say they are not using the same tech as Samsung’s smart stay and smart scroll. The front facing camera sees you looking at it and lights up the notification. Could be wrong and it might just blink constantly until you have actioned it.

    • vforvortex

      That would be pretty awesome. Even more if it only turns on when I look verses someone else’s eyes. :)

  • jamal adam

    I think the active updates is a pretty good idea and looks cool but at the same time, I would like led notifications because they are customizable to what I want them to show me. Also, I hear that this perhaps has a Snapdragon 600, which would put it right with the other high end smartphones in that respect.

    • mattcoz

      Nope, it has a Snapdragon S4 Pro.

  • huhu

    No l.e.d? If I nip out and come back, I have to turn the phone on to know I’ve not missed an sms?

    • vforvortex

      there is a notification LED at the bottom.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    My biggest question regarding the always on voice command is:

    If 2 people sit next to each other. Both of them have a Moto X, and put it on top of a table. Both of them know someone called “John”, and have the phone number stored in the phone. Now, one of them says, “OK, Moto Magic, call John” — what will happen?

    Does the phone recognize the voice of the owner? Can we change the hotword?

  • leo

    Ive got the razr maxx HD and the battery life is unbelievable for a smart phone, Motorola know what matters in a portable device

  • Steven

    Is this going to replace the Nexus? We don’t seem to be hearing about a new one arriving in Fall to challenge the new iPhone. Is Motorola still going to have a skin or pure Google since they own it

  • donger

    X marks the spot.