I also asked about the security implications of being able to access device features and functionality without unlocking the handset. The rep repeatedly stressed that you must first opt in to use any of the Google Now and Touchless-Control features -- which basically means that you assume all liability when you choose to use them. So, from a security standpoint, Touchless Control may not be something you want to bank on. But it's still a cool idea.
2) Motorola's Unique Take on Android
When considering Motorola's current Android strategy, you need to understand that Motorola Mobility is owned by Google. Google makes Android. So unlike other leading Android device makers -- including Samsung, HTC and LG -- Motorola is not trying to "de-Googlefy" Android.
Motorola wants to offer as "pure" an Android experience as possible, according to the rep I spoke with at the DROID announcement on Monday, so users can get software updates quickly and always get a seamless Android experience. The new DROIDs don't run "stock Android" like the recently released Google Play Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One devices. And Motorola built a number of new features and enhancements into the version of Android that runs on the new DROIDs.
But Motorola isn't playing down the fact that Google software runs on its brand new phones. Compare that to Samsung's Galaxy S4 launch event in March, when the company literally didn't mention the word "Android" at all during its elaborate Broadway-show-like launch extravaganza.
The new DROIDs all launch with Android Jelly Bean v4.2.2. But with rumors of Android Key Lime Pie v4.3 coming soon, and with Motorola's statement that it wants to make software updates available as soon as possible, it's safe to assume that the new devices will get a significant software update in the future. (Of course, the DROIDs are sold through Verizon, so the carrier will have a say on that matter, too.)
It would have been impressive to see the new DROIDs launch with Key Lime Pie, but I guess Motorola's commitment to promptly offer the best possible version of Android will have to do.
3) New DROIDs and Zap Sharing
Many Android smartphones have wireless-media-sharing features, but the new DROIDs offer a unique take called Zap. Instead of using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct or another similar short-range wireless technology that requires you to tap phones together, the new DROIDs use your cellular or Wi-Fi network to detect nearby compatible devices (up to 300 feet away) and then share images with them via the cloud, using a two-finder swipe gesture.