Moto app gains customized Assist activities and places with 3.0 update

Motorola has been breaking ground with its phones the last few years, and one of the biggest ways its done this is by only adding useful features to the phone, and not messing with stock Android otherwise. With the introduction of the Moto X (2014), it placed all of these features into one app called “Moto”. That app is getting updated to version 3.0, and with it the ability to add customized Assist activities and places.

Moto Assist allows you to set automatic functions to your phone based on the time of day and your location. This includes:

Home, where you can set the phone to only bug you with important notifications, and even speak notifications out loud, Driving, which detects when your driving (based on the speed at which you’re traveling), and then do the same functions as “Home”, along with automatically playing music when a Bluetooth connection or auxiliary cord is detected, Meeting, which can automatically set your phone to quiet and auto reply to people when it detects an event in your calendar, and Sleeping, which will set your phone to quiet and keep your screen off (Moto Display included) during pre-set hours of the day/night.

Before, those options above were the only ones you could adjust or turn on. With today’s update, you can now make your own activity, or set another place to perform an action.

[blockquote author=””]Moto 3.0 adjusts to both your places and activities. It learns your home and work locations, and you can save any place and it will act appropriately there. Tell your phone to keep quiet, vibrate or talk to you depending on where you are or what you’re doing. e.g. you can save your local movie theater and choose it to automatically remain silent or vibrate while you are there.[/blockquote]

With the Floating Action Button (shown to the right), you can “Add Activity” or “Add your place”. Adding a new place brings up the screen to the left. Adding an activity really only sets either Meeting, Driving, or Sleeping functions, so that if you have those set already, you’ll just adjust those options.

The update is rolling out today, so be on the lookout for it in the Play Store if you have any of these devices (based on the Play Store description):

Moto X (2nd Gen.), DROID Turbo, Moto Maxx/Turbo, Moto X Pro and Moto E (2nd Gen.), Moto X (1st Gen.) and DROID Ultra.

SOURCE: Play Store

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