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article imageMoto X smartphone will be 'always listening'

By Tim Sandle     Aug 4, 2013 in Technology
Google's smartphone company Motorola has unveiled a phone that is "always listening" for the owner's voice commands. The mobile is the first new design since Google's $12.5bn takeover of Motorola last year.
Google and Motorola have issued an idea of what their new smartphone, called the Moto X, will look like. The new Google smartphone will include a degree of customization where consumers will be able to chose from multiple colorings, the case, buttons and camera decals, as well as from several personalized engravings. In total there are over 2,000 possible combinations for what could be created, according to the BBC.
Some of the features, Tech Crunch recounts, include 4.7-inch AMOLED display running at 720p; 10-megapixel “ClearPixel” camera with 1080p video recording; and the Android 4.2.2 operating system (that is Jelly Bean, and not Android 4.3, or Android 5.0: Key Lime Pie, which some competitor models boast).
The smartphone can also be used hands-free. Saying "OK Google now...", for instance, will prompt the Moto X's Touchless Control system to listen for instructions.
The price will be $199 for the base 16GB model, or $250 for a 32GB upgrade. The smartphone will be manufactured in the U.S., at a site in Texas.
The review from Engadget is positive: "This is the first Moto product designed from scratch with Google's direct oversight. And it shows, from the packaging to the messaging to the features aimed at mainstream users. Most importantly of all, there's Moto X's standout feature: personalization."
However, not everyone is impressed by the concept. Forbes, for example, notes that the number of apps will be limited because the new smartphone does not come equipped with Google Play. Forbes also notes that the handset will only initially be available in the U.S.
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