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The Qualcomm Toq occupies this awkward space in the smartwatch race. Like the Pebble, it uses a display similar to e-ink that sacrifices fancy animations and responsiveness for battery life, only it manages to one-up its competitor by supporting more colors than black and white. Unfortunately, at $349, it's even more expensive than the already ludicrously overpriced Galaxy Gear. Yet for people who purchased one anyway, version 1.3 introduces new features and major bug fixes that should make using the watch a more pleasant experience.

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The update applies both to the watch and the companion app. After it's done, the Toq will track your activity each day, awarding points for even the slightest movement of your arm. Think scoring 24 points just for shaking your phone a few times with your watch hand.

This feature is joined by the addition of new watch faces and the option to see the temperature in either Fahrenheit or Celsius.

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New functionality is cool and all, but this may be one case where the most exciting aspect of the update is a bug fix. The companion app has a list of apps that are allowed to send notifications to the watch, but these would annoyingly get unchecked whenever they were updated. This meant notifications were disabled until you made the conscious effort to re-enable them. If you weren't aware Hangouts updated first thing this morning, then you could go the entire day unknowingly missing messages. This bug may not have affected all devices, but it certainly afflicted Artem's Galaxy Note 3. Following the update, however, the situation has been resolved, and apps now remain checked following updates.

What's new:

  • New “World Clock” clock style allows you to toggle through the local time and weather in your favorite cities
  • New Activity Applet (Beta) monitors your activity while wearing Toq and tracks your activity “points” over a 24 hour period. View a history of your daily activity point totals in the Toq Android app.
  • New ”Activity” clock style shows the time plus your current activity ‘points’ at a glance
  • Adds ability to select temperature scale in either Celsius or Fahrenheit

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • nawa

    >>awarding points for even the slightest movement of your arm. Think scoring 24 points just for shaking your phone a few times with your watch hand

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    • Mkvarner

      I guess you are ready to earn lots of points?

  • dima1

    "The Qualcomm Toq occupies this awkward space in the smartwatch race" No it doesn't since Qualcomm isn't in this race. I wish all these tech sites would stop parroting each other and do their freak'n homework. Qualcomm doesn't want to be in the race, instead it wants to sell running shoes and gatorade to the runners. So it only decided to run a lap to show off its offerings.

    "it uses a display similar to e-ink" I suppose as much as apples and oranges are similar in that they are both round and shiny.