Feb 11 AT 2:16 PM Sean Riley 8 Comments

Qualcomm Toq update adds fitness tracking, new watch faces


The Qualcomm Toq is probably my favorite smartwatch hardware to date, but the software still has some catching up to do. The update rolling out today for both the Toq and the companion app checks at least one more box by turning the device into a basic fitness tracker.

This should come as no surprise; it’s one of the first issues that I covered in my post on what’s next in wearable tech last month. While the primary function of the Toq is notification, there is a strong interest in quantification at the moment–as demonstrated by the dozens of fitness trackers announced at CES. Adding that functionality into a smartwatch, which already has the necessary sensors on board, is a no-brainer. Qualcomm is classifying this as a beta release of the activity tracker, so enhancements are to be expected. Walking around my house this morning and writing this post has netted me about 1,000 points. Even the slightest movement of the watch seems to record as a point, which is probably excessive. With that said, once you adjust to your average total that will still provide you with some data about your daily movement. When you turn on activity tracking, the app warns you that this will decrease the battery life on Toq. However, it has consistently lasted for a week during my usage, so the device has some battery life to give.

In addition to the fitness tracking, Qualcomm added a couple new watch faces to the mix. One displays your current activity points along with the time, and the other is a world clock. For the latter you can set a list of cities in the companion app on your phone, and when you pull it up on the watch, you can jump through the cities by just tapping on the touch sensitive area below the screen.

The final update was simply adding the option to toggle between Celsius and Fahrenheit.

They have a long way to go to challenge the functionality offered by Pebble, particularly after Pebble’s latest update with the app store, but it is good to see Qualcomm continue development on the Toq. It’s hard to believe that Qualcomm really believes the Toq will go somewhere as a standalone product, but I continue to hope that we see others adopt some aspects of this hardware. We are rapidly closing on the unveil for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear 2, and it could certainly take some cues from the Toq.

I imagine that few of you are actually Toq owners, so I’m interested in hearing whether you think that fitness tracking is a feature that should be present on all smartwatches. And if that isn’t on your list, what is your killer smartwatch feature beyond simple notifications?

Via: Engadget

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 5 years and covering mobile for the last 6. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    “I imagine that few of you are actually Toq owners”


    • harleypotter1k

      One other new smartwatch to launch this month worth reviewing is from Smart Devices — the Smart Q Z-Watch (priced at $149) compares to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 but is nearly half the price — the new SmartQ Z-watch features Android 4.4 Kit Kat with the ability to work with both Android phones and Apple iPhones to handle phone calls and views texts and schedule; the SmartQ Z-Watch also features an advanced 1Ghz processor, a high resolution color touchscreen display, a full featured MP3 Player, a Walking/Jogging Pedometer and sleep analyzer and twice the battery capacity of most other smart watches currently available.

      Compare features of the Z-Watch to the popular Pebble watch, and for the same price the Z-Watch outperforms the popular Pebble watch in almost every aspect, with Pebble’s non-touch, monochrome display and a maximum of 8 Apps that can be installed on the Pebble. The Z-Watch offers great performance and features and is made by Smart Devices, which won a prestigious 2013 CTIA E-Tech Award for its innovation.

      TabletMaxx — is one of the first U.S. Sources to offer the SmartQ Z-Watch and also offers a few new well-priced, high-end Android tablets launching in February.

  • Vance

    I purchased the Toq specifically because I prefer the hardware. The mirasol display. The battery in the clasp keeping the face slim. The wireless charger and the fact that I can go on a 4 night business trip and I don’t need to bring my charger with me. The all touch screen control (no hardware buttons). No question it’s the best hardware in this segment, and I wishfully wait for the software to catch up. My big three “Must Add” software features were: activity tracking (although some improvements to add context to this “point” system would be nice), an expansion of notifications to allow me to read full emails even if there are multiple emails in the queue, and lastly, the option to delete emails and texts from the notifications hub. My biggest wish would be voice commands and dictation for responding to texts and emails, but with no mic, that’s never going to happen in this device.

    • Vance

      Correction, there is a mic. It’s just not utilized at this time…

  • kennygsucks

    I’d argue that any smartwatch without an HRM sensor does not have “the necessary sensors on board” to compete with real fitness trackers. This is what I’m holding out for, at any rate. The Adidas miCoach watch come surprisingly close but has some show-stopping weaknesses (very bad battery life, etc). Not sure why it’s so hard for these smartwatch designers to bridge the gap.

  • bradfits

    I want to buy this soon…

    • donger

      Do it.


    Does the fitness app keep track or steps, or distance?