Like it or not, we now all live in a world driven by our own voices. Microsoft started the revolution with Kinect for the Xbox 360 and now everything practically has voice functionality. Take the Moto X 2014 for example.
Last year the Moto X became one of the first smartphones to offer always-on voice control. Things like Apple’s Siri and Google Now allowed users to get answers to searches and do basic things with their voice. The Moto X took this a step further. It included a coprocessor that always listened for commands. No button presses were required. The Moto X 2014 takes the foundation established last year with the original Moto X and builds on a layer of customization. For the first time, buyers can create their own catch phrases to use with their device. As long as there are enough syllables to recognize, the Moto X 2014 can take commands across the room or from your cup holder by just listening for phrases like “Mr. Data, Please…” or “Hello Moto X.”
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Here’s how to setup and customize Moto Voice on the Moto X 2014 so that it’s always ready to take commands with the catchphrase you choose.
First unlock your Moto X 2014 by putting in your PIN code or pattern. If you haven’t setup either of these things just unlock your Moto X.
The Settings for Moto Voice are in an app called Moto that holds the settings for all the other customizations that Motorola added to Android 4.4.4. If you haven’t made a lot of customizations to your home screen, the Moto app could still be pinned to your home screen. Look for it. It’s represented by a bright, multicolored circle icon. If you don’t see it on your home screen, then tap the button in the middle of the dock above the home button to open the app drawer.
Now swipe from left to right until you find Moto in the list of installed apps. By default, the Moto X 2014 arranges apps saved in the app drawer in alphabetical order. Look for it with other apps that have names that start with M.
Tap the cog in the top-right corner.
You should now see four options for different settings for the Moto X 2014. The Moto app divides settings into Assist, Actions, Display and Voice. Tap Voice in the bottom-right corner.
Tap Launch Phrase turn on the always-listening system that allows you to instantly give the Moto X 2014 commands.
With Launch Phrase turned on tap Manage Launch Phrase.
Tap Change or Improve Launch Phrase.
By default the Moto X gives users two options. The second is Ok Google Now, that’s the default option and Motorola encourages users who are having problems with Moto Voice hearing them to choose that one. Tap Choose something you’ll remember to make your own. Then tap Next.
For this part you’ll need to find a quiet room with no sound. Think of a phrase that you’d like to use to get your phone’s attention. It can be anything, it just has to have enough syllables. Don’t worry, the Moto X 2014 will tell you if the catch phrase you’ve chosen isn’t long enough. Tap Next.
Stay in that quiet place and tap Record. Then say the phrase you’ve chosen. Be sure to hold the Moto X 2014 in front of you. It’ll know if it’s sitting on a table. It’ll also tell you if your environment is too loud.
You’ll need to say your catchphrase the same way three times.
Now type in the phrase that you used so your Moto X will remind you. Tap Save.
Now try the command again just to make sure it’s working. Tap the button at the bottom of your screen to go back to the Moto X 2014’s Moto app home screen.
Tap Speak PIN to unlock. This will allow the Moto X 2014 to listen for your PIN code if you give it a command that requires that you unlock it.
Tap Commands While Locked to choose which commands the Moto X 2014 listens for.
Select Google commands, Calls and Notifications if you like.
How to use Moto Voice on the Moto X 2014
Using is Moto Voice on the Moto X 2014 is pretty simple. Just say your catch phrase if you made a custom one or “Ok, Google Now” if you didn’t. Your Moto X 2014 should immediately be ready to respond to your command. You can tell it to play an artist or song or get directions. You can tell it to set an alarm or open an app too. If for any reason the command you give requires an unlock, just say your passcode if you’re alone or type it into your phone if you’re not.
Good luck using Moto Voice on your Moto X 2014. .