I had a Moto X 1st Gen phone since it came out with RW. i really liked the phone for the most part. yes i will admit i put up a few big stinks cause MMS/SMS on it was buggy and required you to use the stock app and no 3rd party apps but i got used to it. one of my favorite features though was the ability to send a text message hands free. at the time even siri could not do that. sure you could dictate a text to siri but you still had to tap the send button. on my moto x i could do it all without touching the phone EVEN IF IT WAS LOCKED. I really did not want to get rid of the phone but it was old and no longer could hold a battery charge long enough anymore.
So RW ran an awesome deal on the Moto-Z around Christmas time so i jumped on it. all the reviews out there convinced me i would be happy with this phone. when i got it in my hands and set it up i was very happy. it was fast and smooth and the battery life is amazing. I was so happy i made the right choice UNTIL… i went to send a text hands free and heard “Actually i can’t do that while the phone is locked, please unlock the phone and try again”. i search every setting and even broke out the old Moto-X to compare and thats when i found out that the “Moto App” on the Moto-Z is different and missing the features that allow it send texts hands free. Yes i can setup trusted places and that works in my common places i am at (home, work, etc.) but when driving, when i need hands free the most, there is no “trusted places” for that.
i opened a question on the experts page and great helper by the name of @littletoucan went though alot of steps until they realized that the moto app on the “pure edition” phone is different from the one on the moto z play and it appears the ability to do hands free texting was indeed removed. I spoke to Motorola and they blamed it on the Android version and that on lollipop it was possible to do that but on marshmallow it was removed.
i really don’t understand why a SAFETY feature like hands free texting was removed and no one at motorola can tell me if it will ever be back. i will say though… a very simple feature like that really makes me wish my Moto-X lasted me longer cause i sure do miss that feature