Logitech ZeroTouch has welcomed Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated smart assistant, with open arms.
In addition to the previously stated benefits, you may now accomplish the following:
“Activating Alexa is as simple as placing your palm on the phone’s display and pressing the microphone button. Amazon Echo-like questions may be asked from this location.
You can use Alexa’s “magic door” feature to keep the kids amused if they’re acting up in the back of the car, as well as get real-time traffic updates and news updates.”
Having a smartphone mount comes in helpful while using Google Maps for navigating. It’s possible to purchase cheap mounts that do little more than protect your phone from flying away, or more expensive ones that have built-in charging capabilities.
If you already have an Android smartphone, Logitech’s new Android smartphone mounts promise to provide linked car features to your vehicle, without the need for a new car or an improved radio.
Even though Logitech has rebranded its consumer products, the ZeroTouch is a Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) linked vehicle mount and a voice-controlled Android software that lets you utilise your phone’s navigation and audio capabilities without ever touching it.
Logitech ZeroTouch has two alternatives for automobile mounts: air vent or dashboard, depending on your preference.
Both the ZeroTouch Air Vent and the ZeroTouch Dashboard may be attached to your dashboard or windshield with a simple clip.
However, the mounts aren’t entirely new. A few additional features have been added to the Logitech [+] drive mounts. The Air Vent and Dashboard ZeroTouch mounts cost $59.99 (£49.99) and $79.99 (£59.99), respectively, which is double the price of the one-touch mounts for Trip and Drive.
Logitech provides two metal adapters to attach to the back of your phone since plastic and aluminium are not magnetic. A thin rectangle and a circular disc are the only two options.
Slender adapters are recommended by Logitech for individuals who live recklessly and use their phones nude, like me. In theory, the huge circular disc should be able to operate through many types of phone covers because of its vast surface area. I couldn’t get the adapters off of the phone with my nails because of the strong glue.
The adapter must be set away from the inductive receiver if your phone supports wireless charging. Once in a while, it is possible to utilise wireless charging without having to worry about where to put it.
My Motorola Nexus 6’s magnetic sensor and inductive receiver were difficult to attach to the adaptor. Because the Nexus 6 contains a magnet sensor hidden under the M logo on its back, when a magnetic force is applied, it automatically turns the screen off.
There is just one place to put the wireless charger adaptor since it’s situated directly next to M’s logo. This makes the phone top-heavy when coupled to amount. Additionally, the curved back doesn’t work well with flat adapter plates.
When the metal adapter didn’t work, I was fortunate enough to borrow my wife’s Sony Xperia Z5 compact. The Z5c worked flawlessly with both adapters, but I went with the bigger round disc since it would go through Sully’s silicone casing.
To use the full potential of the mounts, an Android app must be downloaded from the Play Store. ZeroTouch’s Android app is launched and controlled via a battery-powered Bluetooth LE controller in both mounts.
To connect your smartphone to the mount, you’ll need the ZeroTouch software from Logi. With the magnet acting as an on/off switch for the Bluetooth LE capability, the mount is ingenious in that it only activates when the phone is docked.
There is a ZeroTouch app that allows voice commands for everything from messaging and music to navigation and hands-free calls. As soon as you put your hand about an inch away from the phone, wait for the beep, and begin speaking to it, the app will recognise your voice instructions.
Logi’s cloud speech recognition software is used instead of Google Now for ZeroTouch’s voice features. ZeroTouch can handle applications like Google Maps, Waze, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Spotify, and Deezer, however, Pandora is missing.
Using Logi’s ZeroTouch, you may choose which applications and a microphone icon you want to utilise. I was able to communicate with my wife using voice-to-text thanks to speech recognition. However, it was difficult to high-five my phone in order to activate voice instructions.
It was a nightmare trying to find POIs using voice search. There were three non-Best Buy possibilities when I prompted the ZeroTouch app to “go to Best Buy.” There were three other options that were at least an hour distant from my local store when I attempted to “navigate to Best Buy electronics.”
On the first attempt, Google Now was able to locate the correct location. Because of this, I don’t expect many customers to make use of the ZeroTouch app if it can’t locate a straightforward, specifically defined place. As a matter of fact, I’d rather use Google Now than ZeroTouch; it’s a lot less trouble.
Despite its flaws, Logi ZeroTouch has a silver lining. An Android Auto-like user interface may be launched using BitSpice’s autoMate that makes use of Google Now functionalities. It also leverages Google Now speech search, which is better than Logi’s own voice search technology.
When a Bluetooth device is connected to the phone, AutoMate includes an option that runs the app automatically. Even if your vehicle does not have Bluetooth hands-free, the Logi ZeroTouch mounts function perfectly with it.
ZeroTouch’s app must be installed to connect with the mount, however, AutoMate shouldn’t be affected by the software running in the background.
With the ZeroTouch mounts from Logi, I’m a little unsure. In terms of quality, the rubber texture finish on the mount is good, however, the metal adapter that goes with it doesn’t work with all phones. I have a curved Nexus 6 with wireless charging, but the flat-back Samsung Galaxy S7 should be good.
That “smart” mount isn’t something I’m a big fan of. If you’re looking for a basic messaging app that works properly and has a simple user interface, this isn’t for you. The absence of Pandora support is also strange. Automate, for example, is a free programme that does a better job.
This software isn’t only for ZeroTouch mounts; it can also be used on other devices. It’s compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device, even the one in your vehicle, so you can start using it as soon as you get in.
Even if the ZeroTouch mount doesn’t charge the phone, it’s hard to explain the price tag since the software works with nearly any Bluetooth device. Despite my preference for the ZeroTouch’s physical mount, I’d rather save my money and go with the Logitech [+] Drive mounts instead.