Garmin smartwatches have gained popularity as an alternative to the Galaxy Watch and Apple Watch, offering competitive pricing and impressive performance. And now, Garmin has announced a major update for select smartwatches, making them even more appealing to users.
The following Garmin smartwatches are eligible for this update: epix (Gen 2), Fenix 7 series, Forerunner series, Venu series, and more. In addition, the update will also be available for Edge 540, 840, and 1040 series GPS cycling computers.
Here are the key features included in the update:
1. Endurance score: Measures an athlete’s ability to sustain prolonged efforts, taking into account training data like VO2 max and training loads. This helps users understand how their training impacts overall endurance.
2. Hill score: Gauges an athlete’s capability to run uphill by measuring running strength on steep climbs and running endurance on long ascents. Progress can be evaluated over time based on VO2 max and training history.
3. Muscle Maps: Expands on muscle maps for strength workouts, allowing users to preview the muscle groups worked during custom or preset workouts. Users can then review the stats post-workout in the Garmin Connect app.
4. Workouts App: Users can easily find and organize workouts directly from their compatible Garmin devices. This includes daily suggested workouts, as well as those downloaded or created in the Garmin Connect app. Workout history can also be reviewed.
5. Relief Shading: Provides a 3D map view with color and topographic shading, making it easier to interpret terrain and elevation changes on land.
6. Weather Map Overlays: Enables users to view the latest map overlays for precipitation, cloud cover, temperature, and wind data directly from their smartwatches. This feature helps users make more informed weather decisions.
7. Fish Forecast: Receives suggestions for the best days and times to fish based on celestial data, such as sun and moon rise and set times.
8. Gaming Activity: Integrates with the Garmin GameOn app, providing biometric-based data to help gamers understand their optimal stress zone. Users can plan breaks with a game power feature and view Body Battery energy levels to enhance their level of play.
9. GroupRide: Allows users to create a route in Garmin Connect and share a unique code with other cyclists in a group. This enables everyone to see and ride the same course, provided they are using a compatible Edge device.
This is the second major update for Garmin smartwatches in just three months, demonstrating the company’s commitment to supporting its wearable lineup. In other news, Garmin has also announced the availability of new UltraFit nylon straps in various sizes for its smartwatches. These lightweight, soft, and comfortable straps are made with an elastic dual-layer anti-microbial nylon weave that allows moisture to escape.
Garmin’s online store offers three strap sizes for QuickFit and quick release compatible watches: black or gray 20mm, 22mm, and 26mm QuickFit straps, as well as black 18mm, 20mm, and 22mm quick release straps. Each of these new UltraFit nylon straps can be purchased for $39.99.
With these updates and new strap options, Garmin continues to enhance the experience for users of its smartwatches, ensuring they have access to the latest features and comfortable accessories.