By Stephen Schenck | January 13, 2014 5:12 PM
Of all the features Motorola baked-in to the Moto X, Motorola Assist was the one that sure seemed to have a lot of potential, but the implementation left quite a bit to be desired. For instance, we thought it was really cool how Assist would recognize when you were driving and then read incoming text messages aloud to you – but also how bizarre it was that there was no corresponding respond-by-voice feature, and at best you were left setting an “I’m driving now” auto-response away message of sorts. Well, the nice thing about software is how amenable it is to upgrades, and today we see the arrival of a new version of Motorola Assist, finally getting driving mode right.
Sure enough, Assist now lets you respond to texts via voice. It also gets the ability to automatically launch your music app of choice when it detects you’re behind the wheel (because who doesn’t love some good driving music), and the way it senses when you’re driving in the first place sees some improvements of its own.
This update to Assist is not just for the Moto X, but the Droid Ultra series of phones on Verizon, as well. While the Moto G can run Assist, it lacks support for the driving mode, so today’s update doesn’t really do the phone any favors.