Friday, January 9, 2015

5 Tips to Make the Most of Your New Moto X

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By now, you’ve had time to play with your new Moto X. You’ve shown it off, maybe you’ve read about a few of the features, and even gave your phone a name. If you’re looking to fall even more in love, here are few tips to help you.

Get Comfortable with Moto Voice
Learn all of the ways that you can use your Moto X (2nd Gen.) without laying a finger on it with Moto Voice. Start with your voice prompt. Then fire up the camera by saying, “Take a Picture” to use the back camera—or “Take a Selfie” to use the front camera and count down from three for fumble-free photo fun. Or say “Good night” to turn on Sleep Mode in Motorola Assist. Android Central has a good list of more commands for Moto Voice to help you out.

Twist It for Quick Camera Access
Not that you need to shake it up but adding a twist is always helpful. Sometimes literally. You can twist your wrist to launch the camera and twist it again to use the front camera to take a selfie. Just make sure you have Quick Capture enabled within the Moto Actions settings. To get there, open the Moto app and tap the gear icon in the upper right corner. Then tap Actions and select Twist for Quick Capture. Make sure the option is checked, watch the demo, and you are good to go.

Let Motorola Assist Help

Motorola Assist will recognize when you’re in a car and can read aloud text messages or even announce who is calling. You can then use your voice to tell your phone to answer the call or not. Assist will also sync with your calendar so you won’t have to worry about calls during important meetings. Just make sure you accept the meeting first. If you show as available, the call might still get through. To get started, open the Moto app and tap the gear icon in the upper right hand corner. Tap on Assist and choose your own settings for driving mode and meeting mode.

Keep Your Phone Unlocked When You Want
Use Trusted Bluetooth Devices to choose when to keep your phone unlocked for when you’re, say, in the car or using a wireless earbud like Moto Hint. To do this, pair your phone with a Bluetooth Device and select Trusted Device when prompted. If you missed the initial notification, Lollipop users can go to Settings -> Security -> Smart Lock -> Trusted Devices. (Those using KitKat can customize it in Settings -> Security & Screen Lock -> Trusted Devices -> select the Bluetooth devices for which you want to keep your phone unlocked).

Ask for Help
The easiest way to set an alarm is to simply ask. Just use your custom voice prompt followed by “Set an alarm for 6 a.m.” or “Wake me up at 6 a.m.” and you’re all set.

Posted by Jim Thiede, Product Marketing

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