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The Moto X represents the future of everything

Mike Elgan | Aug. 5, 2013
In a few years, all phones, tablets and PCs will work just like the Moto X.

In other words, not understanding what the Moto X represents, the "experts" and influencers will get bogged down in ordinary conversations about ordinary smartphone functions and features.

Don't be distracted. Like the Apple iPhone in 2007, which introduced the public to the multi-touch user interface, the Moto X represents the future of not only smartphones, but of all computing.

Just as the iPhone was the product that launched the interface revolution of the last seven years, the Moto X is the product that will define the next seven years.

The one Moto X feature that changes everything: The X8 processor
The Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System is a Motorola-customized Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM system-on-a-chip.

The Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System is the first mobile chipset optimized for Google services. It never stops paying attention.

The "8" in X8 refers to eight theoretical processor components, which is more about branding than processor architecture.

In reality, the X8 is a high-powered but fairly standard mobile phone CPU and GPU arrangement, plus two very non-standard and very powerful capabilities, both of which allow the phone to always pay attention to you and the environment without killing the battery.

The X8's Contextual Computing Processor is really a battery-optimized set of electronics and sensors that makes Google Now more aware of your phone's surroundings. The most astonishing of these abilities is low-power location awareness. As you know, turning on your phone's "location services" drains your battery. But the X8 keeps the phone updated about your location while drawing very little juice.

That means, for example, you can tell Google Now to remind you to pick up your dry cleaning, but only when you're near the cleaners. The Moto X doesn't need to be "on" in order for this to happen.

This chip will know when the phone is in a pocket or purse, and when it's on the table or in your hand -- even when it's in a deep, battery-conserving sleep.

Hands-free Google Now
The other revolutionary X8 feature involves microprocessor electronics for hands-free Google Now. If the user turns on the feature (it's off by default), the X8 enables your phone to always be listening through the microphone for the command "OK, Google Now," which wakes up the phone and instantly prepares it for your next command. It also handles noise cancellation and speech recognition.

The system also enables you to "train" the phone to respond especially well and exclusively to your voice. That means if you and your spouse each have a Moto X and both phones are on the table, your Google Now commands will be executed only via your phone even though the other phone can hear you.

 

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