Qualcomm releases first Toq SDK


Qualcomm has finally released a software development kit for their Toq smartwatch, allowing developers to create software for the currently rather limited device.

There are a number of reasons why the Toq could be a great device if taken full advantage of. For example, the device uses a colorful Mirasol e-ink display, which is very visible in sunlight. Right now however, the device is limited by its lack of functionality.

If you’re a developer you can head over to Qualcomm’s website and download the SDK. Using the kit you will be able to install, update and uninstall applets on the device.

Source: Qualcomm Developer Network

Samsung and Apple can’t reach agreement in mediation, will head back to court next month

Apple vs Samsung

According to reports out of Korea, Samsung CEO J.K. Shin met with Apple CEO Tim Cook last week. The subject matter was of course their ongoing intellectual property dispute. Reportedly nothing came out of the meeting and the companies will be heading right back to court in March.

Should anyone be surprised by this outcome? Not really. Both companies want to and will hold their ground while waiting for the other to budge. And as we have seen before, that just does not happen. Mediation yields almost nothing positive, thus relying upon the court system. In the meantime, have a look at what Tim Cook had to say about Google and Android last week.

Source: ZDNet Korea
Via: The Verge

HTC teases repair service on Twitter


HTC today posted a picture of two broken HTC phones in the shape of a heart, with the caption “if only broken hearts were this easy to fix.” Many are speculating that this signals a device repair service for HTC. HTC also mentioned that more information would be released on February 18, which is this coming Tuesday.

Source: @HTC

Google offering Valentine’s Day app and game deals in the Play Store


Without a Valentine on this special day? Indulge in what Google is celebrating with this year. In the Play Store, Google says they have “More Apps to Love” and “More Games To Love.” The offerings are either free or carry a decent discount. There are twelve apps and fifty-three games listed.

And in case you really went to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you can order a red Nexus 5 from the Play Store.

Source: Google Play Store [Apps] [Games]

O2 Germany teases Samsung Galaxy S5


Wireless carrier O2 Germany has added a new page to their web site teasing the Samsung Galaxy S5. The page gives potential buyers the opportunity to sign up to receive updates on the availability of Samsung’s forthcoming smartphone. The only clue about timing is an indication that consumers can learn more by the end of February. That is not surprising since the device appears to be scheduled for release at the company’s Unpacked 5 event on February 24th in conjunction with MWC 2014.

Some sources have noted the web page uses an image of a smartphone dunked in water which could be an indication the new Galaxy S5 may be water resistant or even waterproof.

source: O2 Germany
via: phoneArena

Nokia X “Normandy” full specs leaked ahead of launch


As we get closer to the launch of Nokia’s future Android smartphone, the leaks are coming fast. Now, thanks to @evleaks, we have a specs sheet. The Nokia X “Normandy” wil allegedly have a dual-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1GHz, a 4-inch screen with WVGA resolution and 512MB of RAM. In addition, the handset will include 4GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, 1500mAh battery and a 5MP back camera.

The phone is expected to launch in a few weeks, on February 24, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Source: @evleaks


Android powered coffee table preparing for release


Over the past few years, Microsoft has managed to get their operating system on to giant coffee table like devices. After shifting the Surface name over to their tablet line of devices, the Windows coffee tables are now dubbed PixelSense devices. 3M and Ideum decided the world of computer powered coffee tables could use some variety and they are now preparing a couple Android powered devices for consumers. Read more

Smartphone shipments passed the 1 billion mark in 2013, Android smartphones accounted for almost 800 million

IDC 2013 Q4

IDC’s latest numbers are in, and 2013 was a pretty big year for smartphones. For the first time ever, smartphone shipments passed 1 billion total phones, which is an incredible achievement. Android smartphones accounted for just shy of 800 million devices. Android and iOS were (obviously) the two major forces behind driving this growth, as both operating systems accounted for 93.8% of smartphone shipments total last year.

For the fourth quarter, we saw some pretty positive growth, too. Android shipments grew 40.3% year-over year, second only to Windows Phone. However, in terms of pure numbers, Android shipping an incredible 226.1 million devices compared to Windows Phone’s 8.8 million. iOS actually saw some pretty slow growth year-over-year, coming in at around 6.7%. Read more

[Deal] Best Buy selling Galaxy Gear for $149 for Valentine’s Day


If you’ve been putting off picking up a Galaxy Gear because of the high launch price, Best Buy might have the solution. As a Valentine’s Day-only special, Best Buy is selling the Gear for $149, half of the original $299 price. You won’t be able to pick up the grey or black colors, but any of the four colors qualify.

We know the Galaxy Gear 2 is coming, we just don’t know when. This price drop could be part of an opportunity for Best Buy to clear out inventory of the new product, so if you always have to have the latest and greatest tech, this may not be such a great deal for you, but ff you’re just looking for a great discount, or possibly even a Valentine’s Day present, this one’s hard to pass up. You can find the store link below.

source: Best Buy

Next generation Galaxy Notes could use handwriting actions on the lockscreen


Given that the S-Pen is one of the biggest selling features of the Galaxy Note series, it would make sense for Samsung to want to push every use of the stylus it can. A recent patent application suggests that the Korean company is looking to do just that.

US 20140038557 A1 suggests that Samsung will be adding a way to unlock your Note through handwriting. The feature will do so by recognizing your handwriting. Of course, like fingerprints and voice recognition, you will have to train your Note to recognize your handwriting. While current generations of the Note series do this already, allowing you to unlock your device with your signature, this would expand on that. The patent will allow actions to be performed based on hand written commands. For instance, if you wanted to call mom or dad, all you’d have to do is write “Call Mom” or “Call Dad” on the lock screen and the device would do so.

Whether or not we’ll see this in the Galaxy Note 4 is yet to be determined, but expanded S-pen functionality is something to be excited about. If you’re up for the technical details you can check out the patent application from the source link below.

source: USPTO
via: Phone Arena