The new Moto X comes with Google Chrome as the default web browser out of box instead of the generic Android browser. Chrome received a major update recently, which brought a new UI on board. It is now even more pleasant to look at.
Of course, one of Chrome's strengths is its ability to seamlessly sync with the desktop version, using nothing but your Google account. This allows you to open an article on your PC and finish reading it on your mobile phone. It also syncs your bookmarks and favorite sites.
Opening the tabs area reveals a list of tabs that can be closed, again with a left or right swipe. Incognito tabs let you browse without saving history or cookies.
The Calendar has four different types of view - daily, weekly, monthly and diary (agenda). Adding a new event is quick and easy, and you can also set an alarm to act as a reminder.
Moto X also features the Quick Office, which supports creating, viewing and editing office files (docs, xls, ppt), and it can also read PDFs.
The stock Android Calculator and Clock app (with stopwatch, world clock and timer) are available by default.
The Moto app gives control of all additional features available in the Moto X. They include the superb voice commands, the IR gesture controls, the glance notifications, and Motorola Assist.
Thanks to the superior quad-microphone setup, the voice control in the new Moto X works superbly. We tested the device in plenty of scenarios, including loud restaurant and street environment and came out really impressed.
Motion controls via the IR sensors are simple and effective. Hovering your hand over the device can snooze the alarm in the morning, and show you time and notifications during the rest of your day.
Moto Assist automatically adjusts the settings of your device depending on the environment you are in. Available modes include Sleeping, Driving, Home, and Meeting. You can tweak the settings of each individually.
Moto Migrate is on board too. It helps you transfer data from an iPhone or another Android smartphone to your new device.
Overall, Moto deserves credit for adding unique features to the Moto X without going overboard. All features are useful and easy to operate. Naturally, you can disable them altogether.