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OnePlus One to include Touchless Control-like voice command feature

7 months ago 7

Touchless Control is one of the Moto X’s most highly-praised features, allowing users to do things like check the weather, perform searches and even have their notifications read back to them, all without touching the device. The feature is currently only available to select Motorola phones, but one developer recently released a similar app to the Google Play store, and now it looks like another company has created a voice command app of its own.

OnePlus today announced that its upcoming One smartphone will include a voice command feature that will recognize a user’s voice and perform tasks that are asked of it, even when the phone is locked. The feature is based on Qualcomm technology and will be built into the special version of CyanogenMod that’ll come loaded onto the OnePlus One.

OnePlus’s voice command feature will support a wake-up command similar to the “Ok Google Now” statement used in Motorola’s Touchless Control app. A poll in the OnePlus forums includes the options “OK, OnePlus!,” “Wake up, OnePlus!” and “Alakazam!,” with the first option claiming nearly 75 percent of the votes as of this writing.

As I mentioned before, Touchless Control is one of the more popular features found on the Moto X, and so it’s probably pretty exciting for consumers interested in the OnePlus One to learn that the device will include similar functionality. Of course, we’ll have to wait until the OnePlus One launches before we know how it compares to Motorola’s voice command feature. The good news is that the One is slated to launch sometime in the second quarter, which kicks off in just a few weeks.

As OnePlus continues to reveal more features of its One smartphone, are you becoming more or less interested in it?