Motorola updates Motorola Assist, Droid Zap and releases Moto G kernel source


Motorola Assist

Motorola announced via their blog today that despite the new year only a couple of weeks old, their team had worked hard and were updating several of their apps. They also confirmed that Android 4.4.2 was rolling out to more devices this year.

Motorola Assist:

First up, Motorola Assist received an update. Not only will your phone now speak your texts out to you, but you can also now reply using Text-To-Speech (TTS). This will make communicating whilst driving safer, meaning you don’t even have to take your eyes off the road when receiving a text.

The update also improves the contextual services of Motorola Assist making it turn on car mode quicker with the use of Bluetooth detection for when you connect your phone with the in-car Bluetooth device.

Droid Zap:

Droid Zap has also received an update with a new look, and the ability to use a simple gesture to share pictures with other Droid users (much like AllShare Play does for Samsung users). The new look is accompanied with Android 4.4 Kit Kat compatibility.

Kit Kat Kernel sources:

Finally in their announcement, Motorola said that they were releasing the Kernel source of Android Kit Kat 4.4.2 for the Moto G. As you know, I love the Moto G, and to get Kit Kat running on that power horse would be great. I look forward to seeing what devs will be able to do with the Kernel and see to make the device even better.

Don’t forget that today isĀ  the Moto X event in London which will be attended by one of our colleagues. Stay tuned for all the news to come out the event. We hope that by the end of the week, we’ll have a test device to try out and review for you, so don’t forget to check back.