by Mike Andrici, 1 year ago
Although the Android OS aims to be a self-contained mobile platform, most Android apps (even those that really suck) are developed by using the Eclipse SDK, on a PC. Up to this point, it was…
We all, well at least, everyone who drives, have felt that second of irrational panic when the “engine fault” light on the dashboard suddenly lights up. It is, of course, recommended that you drop your car off at a service station as soon as possible, as in most cases you have no way to know where exactly the fault lies. Until now. With the Torque app for Android, checking fault codes is just one of the MANY things you can do.
Apart from the application, you will need an OBD2 Bluetooth adapter which plugs into your car's diagnostics socket. The OBD2 standard (On-Board Diagnostics) is found in most cars manufactured after 2000, but you should definitely check your vehicle information first. The Bluetooth adapter, once plugged into the socket connected to the ECU (Engine Control Unit), will then pair with your Android device, allowing you to access the many features provided by the app.
While I love driving, I won't even pretend to understand half of the extensive features this auto tuning application provides. That being said, here are a list of some that would be useful for everyone.
Again, this is just a very short list of the multitude of features of this app, which you can find in the app description on the Google Play Store here.
An extensive app review video is available courtesy of Hemorrdroids which should give a fair idea of what to expect, and whether the “Torque” application is for you.
The “Torque Pro” app is available on the Google Play Store here for $4.66, but if you want to try it out first, there is a free “Lite” version available with some basic features, here. Regardless of which option you go for, there will be some investment required on your part as far as the OBD2 Bluetooth adapter is concerned. You can also find a lot more information about the application, on the Torque website, which also includes discussion forums.
The app looks to be very useful for a lot of people who are into cars. Some reviews suggest that it isn't as accurate as they would have liked, but a 4.8 Play Store rating speaks for itself. It does require some investment on your part, so I would recommend being absolutely sure that your car is compatible with the adapter and app before taking the steps mentioned above.
What are your thoughts? Is this app what you've been looking for? Will you be downloading “Torque Pro?” If you already use this application, let us know your experience in the comments section below.