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Moto X will always listen to your voice; a big privacy concern on the way?

It's been fairly long time since Google acquired Motorola Mobility. We haven't heard about anything that was going on between Motorola and Google in the past year as the smartphone industry was busy with Samsung's flagship series, some top-of-the-line Xperia phones from Sony as well as Nexus phones and tablets manufactured under the supervision of Google. But now, for the first time ever, Google is coming up with a phone manufactured by its own company, Motorola. And that's been making a lot of buzz in the tech world.

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It’s been fairly long time since Google acquired Motorola Mobility. We haven’t heard about anything that was going on between Motorola and Google in the past year as the smartphone industry was busy with Samsung’s flagship series, some top-of-the-line Xperia phones from Sony as well as Nexus phones and tablets manufactured under the supervision of Google. But now, for the first time ever, Google is coming up with a phone manufactured by its own company, Motorola. And that’s been making a lot of buzz in the tech world.

Latest in that is a new feature that will enable Moto X phone, the first Motorola phone by Google, to listen to your voice all the time. Yes, all the time means always. No matter what you’re speaking or who you are speaking to, the phone will keep an ear — or a microphone to be exact — on you.

The idea is to provide users of Moto X with a Google Glass-like experience. Google Glass listens to voice command right after the user speaks “OK glass.” In case of Moto X, users will need to say “OK Google Now” and a bunch of voice commands will be shown on the screen.

This removes the need of touching or pressing any button on the phone. Most of the time you’ll need to unlock your phone and then press the Google Now icon to bring up the Siri-inspired voice assistant with your current Android phones that run on Jelly Bean. However, Moto X will give you the convenience of just starting to speak to your phone whenever you like.

The evidence of this unique feature was seen in a video released by Canadian wireless carrier Rogers that confirms an August release of the whistle-blowing phone in North America.

In addition to the soon-to-be-controversial (probably) “always-on” feature, the video showcases some other unique features related to its camera and how notifications are displayed on lock screen. See the video below:

What do you think about the “always-on” feature on Moto X?

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