Some features that made their debut on Motorola’s high-end devices last year were later released as standalone apps in the Google Play Store. This doesn’t mean that those features are now available for all Android devices, though they do work on several other Motorola devices, apart from providing the company the ability to make changes without having to roll out software updates. A prime example is the Touchless Control application which powers the always listening function on a handful of the company’s devices. Today the app has been updated, it gains the ability to read notifications out loud.

This feature may be very well received by people juggling more than a few things at once, particularly in the mornings. They won’t have to hold the device in their hands just to know what notifications they have, so it may also come in handy when they’re driving. They can simply ask their device “What’s up” or command it to “Read Notifications,” and one by one it will read them all.

The update also brings a fix for end-of-speech detection, which will essentially improve accuracy and response times after a user gives a command. Motorola’s Touchless Control application is only compatible with the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx as well as the Moto X, its a free download from the Google Play Store.

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