We remember a mythical terminal for Android fans, a smartphone that was a pioneer in bringing Google voice control
Today’s mobile phones keep a thousand and one secrets, the result of the evolution that Android has undergone throughout its long life. Along the way, we have seen some curious and strange mobile phones, some ended up being a simple experiment and others went on to develop some commercial success.
Moto X, result of the Google-Motorola union
It was the summer of 2011 when a piece of news broke, also one that shook up the mobile phone sector: Google bought Motorola for a sum of 12.5 billion dollars. The entry in the official blog of the Mountain View company surprised locals and strangers, but this transaction showed the intentions of the technology giant.
With this acquisition, Google had the necessary tools to manufacture smartphones, in addition to an infinite string of patents that would help it defend its territory. It took a long time for us to see the product of this union: The original Moto X was introduced in August 2013.
This first generation, because yes, there were a few more later, was announced to the world as the first telephone Motorcycle by Googleand from the first moment the American company took advantage of it to pour all its technology into it.
It equipped a large screen, 4.7 inches with HD resolution, and a processor signed by Qualcomm. The legendary Snapdragon S4 Pro that we would later see in other smartphones like the Nexus 4. Furthermore, his camera reached a resolution of 10 megapixels, but These specifications were not the highlight of the terminal.
The most notable thing was the software, dominated by Google from top to bottom. Both the operating system itself, Android, and the support, came from the search engine company. And that was what made it ahead of its time, something called Google Now.
Don’t call it Google Assistant, call it Google Now
If Google Assistant is so popular today it is because of its versatility, capable of responding and acting even with the screen off. In addition, Android’s new abilities make it serve to enhance interoperability between devices, but It wasn’t always like this.
In fact, originally it was not even called “Google Assistant“, but rather Google Now. This was a voice control system that understood natural language and was capable of responding to the commands that the user entered. Does it sound familiar to you? Yes, Google Now was the precursor of what we know today as Google Assistant.
And no, we are not making a mistake by mixing it with the Motorola Moto It was the first that had exclusive functions to take advantage of it. Google Now saw the light in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, presented at Google I/O 2012 along with the Galaxy Nexusbut as we say, the Moto X was the one that maximized it.
Because? Well, because it included unique functions to use it. In fact, it debuted the well-known “Ok, Google” command that is used to invoke the assistant, and it was also the first to have it without having to activate it manually. The Moto X was always attentive to the user, listening to every moment, to respond as quickly as possible.
Later, it incorporated other functions that predominate today, such as the active screen or gesture control, as it equipped sensors and a software prepared for it. In the end, Google Now was an open window to another type of control, one that is common today and that It is no longer so surprising to us.
We can say that in a way, The Moto X was Google’s “first Pixel”, on the occasion of the functions we have mentioned, all focused from the “Smart” paradigm. These types of solutions based on natural language and artificial intelligence are what is now giving Google joy as they are added to the operating system.
In short, the Moto he was ahead of his time to offer us features that are now in all smartphones on the market. Of course, we still remember with pity that Google finally sold Motorola to Lenovo, thus closing a cycle that could have lasted much longer.