Microsoft app Torque allows Android Wear users to access Bing with a twist of the wrist

Microsoft app Torque allows Android Wear users to access Bing with a twist of the wrist
Just because you own an Android Wear powered smartwatch doesn't mean that you can't use Bing for your search needs. In fact, Microsoft has devised a product called the Bing Torque, that allows you to access Bing with a twist of the wrist. It's almost like having Cortana on your arm. Twist your wrist and ask away. Find out what the weather forecast is, the score of the Miami Heat game, prices of stocks in your portfolio, or the answer to other questions. And instead of uttering "Okay, Google," all you need to do is twist your wrist.

Torque is a free download, available from the Microsoft Garage group, which is made up of interns, artists, tinkerers and inventors. This group is supposed to turn ideas into projects. And as we know, some of America's greatest corporations and ideas came out of a garage.

While Torque works great on LG and Samsung branded Android Wear timepieces, it has issues with the sensors on the Motorola Moto 360. You can check out the app by clicking on the video below. When you're ready to install Torque, you should head to the Google Play Store.

source: MicrosoftGarage, Torque (Android) via WMPoweruser



1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Who uses Bing?...

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7377; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Everything that was done on the video can be done with the regular Android Wear watch without the need to install any app. Except the twist action. You just use the "OK Google" hotword instead. Since you still have to talk to the watch, then saying the hotword is no biggie.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

True, If this had Cortana it would be awesome

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7377; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why didn't Microsoft make Cortana for Android? Instead they make an Android Wear watch app that performs a search using bing and you have to twist your wrist to activate it. With the default Android Wear you can perform the same search just by lifting your watch to your face and saying the hot phrase "ok google" then what ever search or command you want to perform. This only performs searchs. You can launch apps as well with the regular Android Wear Google Now. Not to mention check your heart rate, steps, and much more.

10. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Apparently some people do... because searching for p*rn is better on Bing (source: 9gag commentaries)

16. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

it is though google tries to filter it even with the filters off

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

What is Bing?

4. SeanContra

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Why don't you try Googling it? :D

5. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Wish Google would show Windows Phone some love, for an alleged Open OS they are pretty close-minded, they have become like Microsoft of the 90s, selfish, by contrast Microsoft has become open-minded the way Google used to be when they were coming up. Haters can say whatever but that's the truth.

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL so you are saying MS was close minded then and now its open minded ?! So tell me, why was Windows (full) released in 90s open source and WP/RT released now is not open source ? MS is pinnacle of corruption whether its 90s or 2014. PERIOD.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7377; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Liveitup you just say the words Microsoft is open minded and Google is pretty close-minded. Does that make you feel good by saying that? I guess it does. Then you go on to say Haters can say whatever but that's the truth. Clearly that's YOUR truth and not the rest of the worlds truth. You did get one truth out there that Android is an open OS and lets add to that with who has the closed OS's. That's right Microsoft. Even Microsoft went with Nokia X and made a UI that resembled WP and only ran with Microsoft apps and services using the open Android OS to push their apps and services. Hey Liveitup since you love to push WP so much, please answer this question. Why can't WP developers make their own lock screens for WP if Microsoft is so open minded? Is it because WP is so locked down? You are right Haters can say whatever. But it still doesn't change the fact that make up things and lie all the time to push your WP agenda.

8. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012 minded??? Lol.. They are developing all these apps for other platform because WP is not top dog mobile market...they're as selfish as they were in early 2000s but they don't wanna show it..

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Truth is WP's popularity is still quite sh!tty in comparison to Android and iOS, so Google doesn't see much benefits in making stuff for WP (or so I guess). Look at iOS. Google has to show some love for iOS users, cuz... there are many of them, way more than the number of WP users. Microsoft can benefit from pushing Bing on Android and Android Wear. If Microsoft kept Bing and let's say One Drive for WP exclusively, people wouldn't even bother moving to WP for those stuff anyway. That would just be a lose-lose situation for MS.

9. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yes as far as attitude goes when it comes to allocating their services towards WP. Kill the competition by denying apps, that's Google play even as MS supports Android with their apps. Popular apps like Skype and others apps are in play store. What has Google done for WP lately, nada.

11. orphant

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

You don't see Apple pushing their apps to WP or Play store either, and Skype was on the Play Store before MS owned them. MS has to develop for other platforms because they don't have market share; it has nothing to do with their business model. It's not as if Microsoft is doing Google a favor here, they're just trying to increase market saturation.

15. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

What i am saying is regardless MS still supports them for eg. Google bought Waze they stopped support for WP, MS continues Skype support what Google is doing is intentional, other popular apps are there but Google keeps its apps away from WP or stop supporting those they bought. Your excuse is not valid Google wants to kill WP.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7377; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look Liveitup. You can't come to grips that WP has pitiful sales and support of apps. Just get a grip on it. You know what is funny in all this fight that you have? People and developers can't make lock screens currently for WP (only Microsoft can). For that matter there is no smart watches that support WP. Instead of trying to push WP, why don't you talk to Microsoft and make them open up Windows and WP more. Considering up above you stated that Microsoft is more open minded. Yeah like the world will believe you on that one. Also note that there lock screen doesn't support music and its not needed if you have trusted bluetooth support (like Motorola devices) and with Android 5.0 (lollipop) the countless logging in will be a thing of the past.

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Using Skype is kind of a bad example....MS is killing it for their own platform. No WP 7 users will be able to use it. Meanwhile its still available on older versions of Android. So....either WP 7 was that bad.....or MS doesnt care about users of the older WP version. If WP7 was that bad.....MS needs to get out the mobile phone game.

14. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I agree with you. These Android fans blindly support whatever Google does. They are becoming worse than iFans nowadays particularly Samsung fans. But WP fans in are more worse than these two.

20. SeanContra

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

You mean Windows Central, don't you? : ) #namechange

13. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

;) Bing is way better than google for some stuff, I like it when I use it on windows phone searches or windows 8.1 or siri searches, but in desktop... I don't know, I'm used to using google

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