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Qualcomm has released the software development kit for its Toq smartwatch, which could be just the shot in the arm the limited product needs. The Toq's colorful Mirasol e-ink display, which is easily visible in sunlight, gives the smartwatch a real advantage over competitors. But without more compelling functionality, it struggles to justify its relatively expensive price point. Hopefully there's enough interest in the product for developers to flock to the SDK.

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Curious developers can just head over to Qualcomm's page and download the SDK from there. The kit offers the ability to install, update, and uninstall applets on the device. It also supports sending notifications, which is still arguably the most useful aspect of any smartwatch.

The Pebble has benefited greatly from all the cool things developers have enabled it to do, and we can only imagine what might eventually pop up on the Toq's much more capable screen.

Source: Qualcomm

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.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    As a recent Toq user, my reaction is Huzzah! The Toq is very limited and borderline useless, so this is definitely good news.

    Now step 2: getting developers on board.

    And step 0 should be making the software on the watch itself better. Everyone I show it to think it's great based on its merits (Mirasol) but are put away by the limited and choppy software. An list of emails in the Gmail notification is borderline unreadable, and definitely not glanceable, which is what watch notifications should be. Lots of work ahead.

    • etherspin

      do you think Mirasol should be the display tech of choice for smartwatches ? I think so but am fairly sure Apple will use something else, they will probably prefer low battery life to having a screen where the response time or colour reproduction are off

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        To be honest, no, I don't. I think a proper LED display that allows for a few days battery is still better. It'd react to a wrist flick, like the Gear does, so you wouldn't have to be annoyed and turn it on manually. Because Mirasol right now feels sluggish, and the colors are super washed out. Sure, it's easier to see in bright daylight, and it's always on, but it's also impossible to see in the dark, so it balances out this way.

        • Yale Landsberg

          Artem, we were thinking about having a volunteer help us move our Sony SmartWatch-running TrueTyme Sun/Moon/Self Android app (see TrueTyme.org) onto the Toq because of its Mirasol display. Which we were assuming would provide more vivid TrueTyme images. But per your comment, can we now assume that the displays in sunlight are not going to be as vivid as they very much are on smartphones?

          Regards YaleLandsberg@gmail.com

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Well, I was talking about colors mostly. If you've ever seen Mirasol, it's not that great. The color reproduction sucks.

            Note that I did say that it's obviously easier to see in the sun than LCD.

  • Matthew Fry

    Why would devs want to make anything for a limited run watch? Are they guaranteeing that there will actually be a 2nd one?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Exactly the problem Qualcomm is facing. Though, if it's super easy, maybe the investment isn't that big, though the upside is practically nil too.

    • Mike Reid

      I guess it's because this is Qualcomm, pretty much the most successful SOC seller, though Samsung Exynos does well too.

      IMO they should just be sending these for free to good devs.

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