Motorola Intros Safety App for Moto E Called Moto Alert
Motorola recently made a new application available to its smartphones called Moto Alert. The idea behind Moto Alert is to allow users to quickly send alerts to people to provide basic "I'm OK" messages. For example, the app can be set to send periodic notifications with the user's location data so people know where the user is and can act if necessary. The app supports distinct locations, such as home, work, and school, and can be set to automatically fire off messages to loved ones when the user departs or arrive at those locations. The recipient does not need to have Moto Alert installed in order to receive the notifications. Motorola envisions the app as a useful (and free) tool for parents to keep tabs on their children or their elders. Moto Alert is exclusively available to the Moto E at launch, but will eventually be made available to the Moto X and Moto G.
Motorola Pushing Lollipop to Moto X and Moto G
Motorola today said that owners of the second-generation Moto X and Moto G handsets can update their phones to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Motorola has made Lollipop available to the Moto X Pure Edition, Moto G GSM (U.S.), and Moto G GSM (Global) retail versions sold in the U.S.
Moto Mods to Be An Ecosystem, Says Lenovo
Lenovo's Moto unit said the Moto Mods, which attach to the new Z Droid and Z Droid Force smartphones, will be forward compatible with future devices. Lenovo said it has settled on a basic design size and shape for its smartphones that it will carry forward so forthcoming handsets will be able to use the existing set of Moto Mods.
Motorola Makes Moto Voice Available to 2013 Droids
Motorola recently published a version of its new Moto Voice app that is compatible with the 2013 Moto X, as well as the Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and Droid Maxx. Moto Voice, formerly Touchless Control, combines several of the key functions found on the 2013 Moto X, such as the Active Display, Google Now voice prompts, and Google Assist.
Motorola Updates Camera, Gallery Apps
Motorola has in recent days updated its camera and gallery applications. The camera app brings QR and barcode scanning to some of Motorola's older handsets, such as the Moto X (2nd Gen.), Moto X Pro, DROID Turbo, and Moto Maxx/Turbo.