Moto X Release Date Is August, Always-on Voice Commands Demoed on Video

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The Moto X is definitely the one of the most anticipated smartphones of the second half of 2013, and after we’ve seen loads of leaked photos and technical specs of the smartphone co-developed by Google and Motorola, now we get to see an official Moto X promotional video for Rogers.

The video that demos some of the new features of the Moto X has been posted on Google+ by an Ukranian user, and, as you can probably see the promotional video is intended to the Roger customers. The handset shown in the video is definitely looking like the Moto X we’ve seen in leaked photos over the past couple of weeks, thus we might be looking at the real deal.

More over, at the end of the same video it is announced that the smartphone will come at Rogers this August, being the first time we get a confirmation for the Moto X release date.

Even though the two-minute Moto X presentation video doesn’t mention anything about the smartphone’s technical specifications, at least it’s revealing some of the handset’s features.

By far the most interesting one is related to the always-on voice commands. We can’t know for sure whether this is a Moto X-exclusive feature or if it will come as default in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but it will allow you to control the smartphone using your voice just by saying a wake up command even though the screen is locked. Or maybe we are talking about an upcoming Google Now update which will be available for any other Android Jelly Bean smartphone.

The same Moto X presentation video reveals that the new flagship will not have a notifications LED, but every time you receive a notification, the display will light up showing you exactly where did the notification came from.

Another interesting feature demoed in the video is the Moto X camera app. The user will be able to quickly launch the camera by “twisting their wrist twice,” which will reveal the camera app interface that allows you to take pictures by touching anywhere on the screen, no icon, no shutter button. For taking continuous photos, just long touch the display. It’s as simple as that.

To me, it’s a bit odd that the Moto X presentation video doesn’t talk about the customization options available with Motorola’s flagship smartphone. Maybe the rumors were true after all, and the Moto X will be customizable only when purchased from Motorola (or Play Store, if it makes it to Google’s online store), while the carriers will only sell standard black and white models.

In fact, we saw Google’s Eric Schmidt using his white Moto X a couple of days ago and, personally, I wouldn’t mind getting the plain white version because it looked incredibly good.

The rumor mill also talks about Moto X technical specs. It seems that the terminal co-developed by Google and Motorola will rather fit in the mid-range segment, sources saying that it will have a 4.7-inch HD display, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset at 1.7 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, and a 10 megapixel camera mounted on the back.

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