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Moto X Demo Video Reveals Google's Android Superphone 151

MojoKid writes with word that "A tech demo posted to YouTube shows off Motorola's upcoming Moto X smartphone, a seemingly high-end device that is sure to win over a few fans with its wealth of new tricks and features. The Moto X handset, which is launching exclusive to Rogers in Canada (no mention of U.S. market carriers) this August, will be available in black and white, but a key selling point of the device comes from its voice activated features. The tech demo heavily emphasizes Google Now, which Moto X users can engage without touching the device. In the demo, a woman is shown asking Google Now what the weather will be like in Toronto while she types away on a computer, never having to reach down to tap the handset. It was also previously leaked that the Moto X will ship with a 4.4-inch display (1280x720), 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 10MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and of course Android 4.2 Jelly Bean." With a marketing budget said to include up to half a billion (!) dollars from Google, it's hard to imagine that any leaks are actually unintentional.
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Moto X Demo Video Reveals Google's Android Superphone

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  • by houstonbofh ( 602064 ) on Sunday July 14, 2013 @02:11PM (#44278419)
    I can't see anything bad coming of this...
  • Battery Drain (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Internal Modem ( 1281796 ) on Sunday July 14, 2013 @02:13PM (#44278427)
    "a woman is shown asking Google Now what the weather will be like in Toronto while she types away on a computer, never having to reach down to tap the handset."

    That is the type of "feature" I immediately deactivate to conserve battery. Most features added by manufacturers these days seem like gimmicks where the drawbacks are greater than the benefits.
  • Avoid google (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 14, 2013 @02:31PM (#44278559)

    Avoid google, avoid android, avoid microsoft windows phones. Both of these companies (Google and Microsoft) are the worst when it comes to sharing your data with the 3 letter agencies.

    Buy the Jolla phone when it becomes available or get yourself a Firefox OS phone. Yes, you may need to wait a little while, and yes, you may not get all the features you want, but it is about time we consider our rights and privacy above the next shiny thing.

    Vote with your dollars or else forego your right to speak about privacy and rights.

  • Re:Avoid google (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jkflying ( 2190798 ) on Sunday July 14, 2013 @03:45PM (#44279093)

    Get a Nexus. Flash it with Cyanogenmod. Be free with all the features you need. Unless, you know, they decide to tap your line at the cell tower.

  • by faffod ( 905810 ) on Sunday July 14, 2013 @03:55PM (#44279157)
    Being able to respond to voice commands requires the CPU to always be parsing audio input. That will have a noticeable, and negative, impact on battery life. When I want to look something up I am in a context switch already, pushing a button on my phone is not an inconvenience. What problem are they trying to solve?

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman