Garmin adds smartwatch and cycling computer feature updates

Garmin has announced new software and feature updates for select smartwatches. These include: the fēnix 7 series, epix (Gen 2), tactix 7, Enduro 2, MARQ (Gen 2), Forerunner 255 series and the Forerunner 955 series – and coming soon to Edge 1040 series, and Edge Explore 2 series of cycling computers.

According to the company, these new features will help customers get the most from their device, all via a free software release. Some of the notable features for smartwatches in this software release include:

  • Wrist-based running power (without accessory): to manage efforts, receive real-time metrics of how much power is being exerted on a run – now with no additional accessory required.
  • Morning report: coming to more devices this quarter, morning report gives daily workout suggestions, information about last night’s sleep and HRV status; plus when paired with a smartphone, the day’s weather. The report can be customized so athletes can view only the details they want to see.
  • Grade adjusted pace: whether running uphill or downhill, runners can now see their equivalent flat ground pace, making it easier to maintain an even effort over various terrain.
  • NextFork map guide: see the distance to the next trail intersection as well as the name of the upcoming trail.
  • Auto rest (ultrarun): during an ultrarun activity, the watch automatically keeps track of time spent at an aid station or checkpoint without needing to pause the run activity.
  • Backcountry snowboard: enhancing snow sports capabilities, in addition to the backcountry ski activity profile, the new preloaded backcountry snowboard activity helps distinguish between snowboarding and climbing. It can show metrics specific to either ascent or descent.
  • Disc golf activity profile: track stats with a new dedicated disc golf activity.

Some of the features for cycling computers in this software release include:

  • Live event sharing: automatically send ride updates to family and friends.
  • Spectator messaging: when a compatible cycling computer is paired with a compatible smartphone, get mid-ride motivation with on-device messages from family and friends.
  • Targeted adaptive coaching: only available for Edge 1040 series at this time, stay race-ready with training tips and daily suggested workouts. Plus, view the entire week of daily suggested workouts directly on device, which adapt to match performance, recovery and the demands of upcoming events in the Garmin Connect calendar.

The free software updates have started to roll out to compatible devices, with additional updates coming soon. Customers can update their smartwatch or cycling computer by enabling automatic updates from their device or by using Garmin Express.

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