Torque now available for Android phones; app initiates a voice search with a shake of the handset

Torque now available for Android phones; app initiates a voice search with a shake of the handset
If you're tired of having to say "Ok, Google," to initiate a voice search on your Android phone, the Calvary has arrived. Microsoft's Torque app on  the Google Play Store, now supports Android flavored phones. With the app, you can simply shake your handset to awaken a Bing voice search feature. If this all sounds familiar to you, it's because back in October Microsoft released this for Android Wear powered smartwatches. With a flick of the wrist, someone wearing an Android Wear flavored timepiece can access Bing's voice search capabilities.

With under 10,000 downloads of the smartwatch version, Microsoft decided to raise the stakes by offering the app for Android handsets. So go ahead, shake your phone and ask for sports scores, current weather, stock prices, flight information and more. In each case, by melding the software giant's voice recognition abilities with its search technology, a verbal response will be heard with the most up-to-date information.

Torque Search is a free download and supports Android powered phones running Android 4.3 or higher.

source: Torque (Android) via TechCrunch

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8 Comments

1. NOSrawesome

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Moto x don't need this

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Instead of making anything that helps people get hard stuff done, Microsoft has gone all gaga for making some sort of f**ktarded "intelligent assistant" that can... fetch sports scores. Wow.

3. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yes, we should all abandon our normal pursuits and focus on finding the cure for cancer. All of us. Other pursuits should not be had. So what progress have you made in solving the world's problems?

4. DaveElliott

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Well said.

5. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

The search with bing should have been in the title. Does anybody on android even use bing? And uf so, WHY?

6. NeilW

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 06, 2014

Wondering if this works well on Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Microsofty seems to make alternately very good and very bad operating systems. For example; Win 95 good, Win 98 bad, Win 98SE good, Win 2000 bad, Win XP good, Win Vista bad, Win 7 good, Win 8 bad, and then there are the applications; Microsoft Word good except for some early versions that whenever you tried to print Business Cards what you saw is Not what you got, WYSIWYG. You'd use the business card template and it would show your text and art work inside the edges of the card but when you printed it everything would spill out over the card boundaries of the card into the next cards and into the printer itself. In my opinion Microsoft could have filed that problem for a few thousand dollars or probably much less but they never wanted to do that. It was a serious glitch and they knew all about the problem but never chose to do that and I have no idea why. An easy fix! I don't know if Microsoft ever fixed this in later versions of Word like Office 2007 and later because I started using Microsoft Publisher, a good application wheras some versions of Microsoft Word were iffy. Then came Microsoft Access a Database program which I never could get the handle on even after taking an 8 hour course and buying a 3rd party tutorial on DVD but that might have been my learning skills and I finally just gave up on trying to learn it. It seems to go on and on with Microsoft products that way, a great product followed by a terrible one and then back to another great product. No consistency cycle. So my question, after my long preamble is are we going to have a Real Big Problem with this Microsoft product? I still remember being up nights and days suffering from Microsoft DOS a zillion years ago and even much recently suffering from being on Hold for hours and hours to work my way up to being escalated to a second or third level tech Supervisor who I Could understand his accent and Could make sense to him of the problem and who Could talk to me without asking 5 times for my email address, phone number, city and zipcode.....before I'd get automatically disconnected by Microsoft's telephone computer which had decided that I'd been talking too long to their people. At that point I'd just give up for the day and start the whole crazy process all over again for the next 3 days! I remember repeating the crazy process for 4 weeks putting in 4 days a week. I never did get a Windows operating system installed in a Dell computer and 6 years later I still have the computer here without an operating system because I refuse to go insane over a computer. I'm only out money and but I've got my sanity. Or do I?

7. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

TL;DR...

8. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

A sign that WP will be killed by Satya Nadela is VERY CLEAR NOW. Elop will resign to pursue another interest VERY SOON!!!

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