New Updated Torque 2.0 App Lets You Voice Search by Just Shaking Your Android Smartphone

December 9, 2014, By Daniel Rapcencu

Back when Torque was released by Microsoft for Android devices, it was meant solely for Android smartwatches. Things are now taking a u-turn and Microsoft has decided to join hands with the OS on smartphones.

Version 2.0 of the Torque Search app from Microsoft can now be accessed from your Android Wear devices as well as Android smartphones. You just need to flick your wrist or shake your Android device to access instant searches, powered by Bing.

The updated voice search app reached Android stores on Friday and is available for devices running Android 4.3 or higher.

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Microsoft’s effort to push the voice search app beyond smartwatch devices is truly laudable, but at the same time it needs a bit of work to be worthy of its praises when it comes to the capabilities.

Microsoft does a good work with voice searches. Concerns of local weather, information about restaurants, stock market developments or anything else may be smoothly picked up by this recognition system. But the shake feature is unlikely to cut ice with users.

It still needs to be seen to what extent Microsoft could make users shake the phone rather than yell out Ok Google for instant search access.

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The app, available here, has been designed by Microsoft’s cross-platform app developing group Microsoft Garage, which has been keenly involved in assessing product feedback from users.

Apps like Next Screenlock, Journeys & Notes, and the  like have all been developed under the hood of this division at Redmond.

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