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Microsoft launches an "Ok Google" alternative for Android smartphones

Microsoft has released an app for Android smartphones called Torque, which listens and performs voice searches when you shake your phone. The service provides a number of instant answers to queries ab

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Microsoft has released an app for Android smartphones called Torque, which listens and performs voice searches when you shake your phone. The service provides a number of instant answers to queries about local flights, weather, nearby restaurants, sports scores, and more. Launched in October as part of Microsoft Garage project, Torque was previously only compatible with Android Wear smartwatches. On the smartwatch, Torque performs searches after sensing a wrist flick. It has been downloaded about 10,000 times. Torque 2.0 adds a couple of new features to it including flight status reports and info on local events. All these answers are powered by Bing Search. Once you’ve downloaded it on your phone, you’ll be required to sign-in with your Outlook (or Live/Hotmail) account. Once that has been taken care of, you will be prompted to the settings page of the Torque app, where you will have to check the ‘Shake anytime’ option to enable it. Afterwards, every time you’ll shake the handset (when it is awake and not on the locked screen), a square box floating on the screen will await your voice command. In our brief testing, we found the app answer most of our queries succinctly without a fail. Though, you may encounter a few glitches as the reviews posted on the app’s Google Play Store listing suggest it still has a few bugs left to be ironed out. Also Read - Microsoft kills Internet Explorer: Take a look at its brief history

Many people might find Torque as an alternative to Google’s “OK, Google” feature which triggers voice searches. Toque is yet another example of the newer Microsoft which is treading softly on the rival platforms. Unlike the company at the Ballmer’s era, Microsoft under Satya Nadella has opened up and is aggressively working on making products for all platforms.Torque Search 2.0 is available as a free download via Play Store. Also Read - Microsoft is killing Internet Explorer after 27 years of service

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  • Published Date: December 6, 2014 1:27 PM IST



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