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Microsoft Brings Bing to Your Wrist with an App for Android Wear

Earlier this month Microsoft surprised us all by releasing a keyboard app for Android Wear. Now the software giant is back with a new application that brings Bing to your wrist where it could compete directly with Google’s baked-in search engine. The new app is called Bing Torque.

Bing Torque works pretty much the same as Google Search. Just ask it a question and Microsoft’s search engine will spit out an answer. The main difference is that instead of saying “Ok Google” each time you have a question, you can simply twist your wrist to activate Bing. We’re not sure if that’s a big enough perk to ween people off Google, which also lets you send messages, update your calendar and more with the same hotwords, but it’s still an interesting idea.

Microsoft’s latest Android Wear app is part of Garage, a new incubator for unique ideas developed by employees. The company also unveiled two other Android apps today, offering up a business-focused lockscreen and social traveling application called Journeys and Notes.

All three apps are available now through Google Play for free, though of course you’ll need an Android Wear smartwatch to try out Bing Torque. Microsoft notes that the twist gesture works fine with the Gear Live and LG G Watch, but isn’t as reliable on the Moto 360 due to an issue with the device’s sensors.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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