Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Moto X promotional video demos a always listening feature from the next version of Android , may raise privacy concerns

The heavily-anticipated Moto X phone has posed for the cameras once again, this time in a sleek promotional video for Canadian mobile carrier Rogers.
The demonstration video details many of the new features that'll debut on the device, including the always-listening voice command software that does not require users to touch the device.
The so-called Open Mic feature will allow users to ask questions, bring up Google Now data, set alarms, or get directions just by talking to the device.

Starting at 0:23 – “Your Moto X is ready to listen and respond. Talk to it, and it learns your voice. With the power of Google Now, it tells you what you need to know, even when you’re not touching the screen.”

Back when Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was first introduced, there was a feature – and there continues to be a feature – tagged as “open microphone”. This is an experience that currently works with Android devices allowing voice dictation and streaming voice recognition – at the moment it does not work with voice commands.

“Android 4.0 introduces a powerful new voice input engine that offers a continuous “open microphone” experience and streaming voice recognition. The new voice input engine lets you dictate the text you want, for as long as you want, using the language you want. You can speak continuously for a prolonged time, even pausing for intervals if needed, and dictate punctuation to create correct sentences. ” – Google for Ice Cream Sandwich About

This system is translated, therefor, to the next version of Android with streaming voice commands, aka “Open Mic”. This update allows you to work with everything introduced with the newest version of Google’s online search engine and allows it to listen in at all times. That’s Conversational Search in Chrome if you’d like to try it right now.

You will still have to press or tap a button to make it all work, of course. In the future you’ll only have to press a button once and you’ll have your Android smartphone there listening to you whenever you like – which might be fun to some , and concerning to many

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