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Garmin Connect IQ Summit–Day 1 Announcements

Garmin Connect IQ Summit–Day 1 Announcements

Today kicked off the once a year Garmin Connect IQ Summit. This match takes position at Garmin’s headquarters in Olathe, KS and draws sports activities and non-sports companions, and third celebration device builders for his or her Connect IQ groups. You’ll to find everybody from TrainingPeaks to TrainerRoad, and Spotify to Mastercard. Like Apple’s WWDC convention, somebody can sign-up to move, and in truth, a small proportion of persons are extra lovers than instantly sports activities tech entities.

This convention historically is, because the title implies, about Garmin Connect IQ – their device construction platform for some 50 other gadgets at Garmin. Specifically inside of that, explaining Garmin’s imaginative and prescient each and every 12 months for what lies forward, and pronouncing a slew of latest applied sciences. While a few of what I’ll talk about lately and the next day might sound geeky – the results are in most cases very concrete for shoppers.

For instance, closing 12 months’s bulletins round Connect IQ song suppliers are what prepared the ground for Spotify integration that was once introduced this previous fall. In reality, one may just strongly argue this convention was once the turning level in convincing Spotify.  Similarly, one of the bulletins you’ll see lately and the next day that can be developer targeted will right away flip again round to having a concrete person characteristic/receive advantages. Especially the next day.

With that – word that this 12 months Garmin has cut up up their bulletins over the path of 2 days. A pile introduced lately, and but any other pile set to announce the next day. In reality, I’d argue the bulletins I’m maximum enthusiastic about are slated for the next day. Some of that have quick advantages to you as finish shoppers, but in addition a few of that have really extensive (excellent) implications for builders. Thus, keep tuned?

What’s coming:

Since Connect IQ is developer targeted, maximum bulletins are in that ballpark. While has on occasion been introduced on the identical time (similar to closing 12 months with the Edge 520 Plus and Varia RTL510 radar), that isn’t the case for lately.

New Connect IQ App Store:

Instead, I’ll get started with essentially the most consumer-focused exchange for lately, which is the splitting out of the Connect IQ app shop into its personal separate iOS and Android apps. Fear now not, you’ll nonetheless use the outdated techniques in case your instrument isn’t supported, however the brand new shop is designed to assist you to to find apps.

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This has been a protracted undertaking within the making for Garmin, aimed basically at simply making it more uncomplicated to seek out apps at the app shop.  As of lately, there are some five,000 Connect IQ apps from over 2,000 builders in this system. That’s a large number of stuff to sift via. Further at the stat-dropping entrance, the corporate says that they now have 10 million Connect IQ enabled gadgets out there, accounting for over 90 million Connect IQ app downloads (have in mind although, model updates would depend as a re-download).

Still, there’s a fact that the present Connect IQ app shop wasn’t tremendous cell pleasant, and indubitably now not geared toward serving to other folks to find the apps they didn’t know existed. With the brand new app shop, you’ll be guided slightly extra into discovering apps that you simply didn’t another way know may have compatibility the invoice. They’ve were given a big listing of logical classes inside of there so that you can flick through.

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While it’s most probably now not tremendous thrilling according to se, it will have to assist builders making apps have a possibility their app may get discovered extra simply. Further, some prior to now separate apps just like the Face-It watch face builder (the place you’ll take footage and make watch faces out of them) are actually integrated into the Connect IQ App:

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These two apps (Android and iOS) are actually to be had instantly of their respective app shops. Further, right here’s the listing of suitable gadgets for the brand new app shop. Note that gadgets now in this listing can proceed to make use of the prevailing app shop with out factor. Nothing adjustments there. It’s merely that the ones older gadgets don’t have the firmware in a position to speaking to the brand new app. Garmin has quietly up to date all of the gadgets famous under during the last 12-18 months to be suitable with the brand new app:

•    Descent
•    Edge 1030
•    Edge 520 Plus
•    Edge Explore
•    Fenix three
•    Fenix three HR
•    Fenix five Plus Series
•    Fenix five Series
•    Fenix Chronos
•    Forerunner 230
•    Forerunner 235
•    Forerunner 630
•    Forerunner 645/645 Music
•    Forerunner 735XT
•    Forerunner 935
•    MARQ gadgets
•    Quatix three
•    Quatix five
•    Vivoactive
•    Vivoactive three/three Music
•    Vivoactive HR

Got all that? Good, let’s stay cookin.

Animation Framework:

Next, Garmin now has an animation framework inside of Connect IQ three.1. This lets in app builders to create animated GIF-like issues inside of their apps. While there are many attainable makes use of for this, the obvious one is in reality round educational bits. For instance, on Fitbit Versa/Ionic gadgets, you’ll get gymnasium directions for the right way to do a particular gymnasium motion (like a squat). But you couldn’t in reality reflect that at the Garmin facet.

Now, animations fortify that idea. At an excellent fundamental degree, right here’s what that appears like on an eye fixed. Again – it’s now not concerning the animation under, it’s about what builders may just do with this.

The platform/gear additionally permit builders to simply convert movies into those animations. This might be used for such things as step-by-step directions. For instance, one may just see the price of this in aero checking out apps that need to reveal the right way to do a particular frame motion (like shrugging your shoulders or shifting your fingers in a definite excess of the entrance of the aerobars).

New Garmin Forums Coming:

There’s no person within the sports activities tech industry that has as powerful a neighborhood discussion board as Garmin. Granted, it’s stuffed with other people looking to get assist with issues – however that’s sorta the purpose of product fortify boards: self assist. Still, a couple of years again Garmin switched discussion board platforms, and it’s honest to mention issues weren’t/aren’t superior with the present implementation. I in my view gave up on interacting at the boards as I couldn’t to find the rest. Note that throughout that time frame, Garmin did ramp up the choice of precise Garmin workers within the boards – in order that helped slightly.

Still, Garmin’s it seems that heard that damaging discussion board platform comments from many, and as of lately they’re rolling out a brand new discussion board. Specifically lately, they’ve enabled the brand new discussion board for Connect IQ discussions. Expect that to extend in brief order to the remainder of the Garmin realm after they stabilize slightly.


Not positive there’s a lot more I will be able to say about that. I haven’t spent a lot time there but, so will likely be to listen to your comments on it over the following few minutes.

Exception Reporting Application (ERA)

Finally, saving essentially the most..errr…least…thrilling factor for closing, ERA. This is Garmin’s Exception Reporting Application, which allows builders to start out getting information again from their very own apps that experience crashed or another way long gone sideways.  This will likely be to be had for any app revealed to the Connect IQ app shop, to builders for their very own apps.

Here’s what it looks as if data-wise:


Note that this gained’t display side-loaded apps (.PRG recordsdata, frequently shared in early construction circles). Nor will non-store suitable gadgets display up, so issues that Garmin hasn’t introduced but gained’t be observed right here both (since I do know any individual would ask). Of path, either one of the ones are logical exceptions.

Like I stated previous, a few of these issues aren’t tremendous thrilling to shoppers – however are tremendous helpful to builders. And if builders can know how frequently their app is crashing/erroring and why, that permits them to mend it – which in the end advantages shoppers. Oh, and word according to above – no private knowledge is shared again to a developer. What you spot above is precisely what the developer will get again. Just abstract knowledge.


So there ya have it – Day 1 of the bulletins from the Connect IQ Summit. Of path, on the precise second that you simply’re studying this, I’m up talking giving a keynote presentation about one thing. The schedule doesn’t technically listing a identify for my presentation – so we’ll see what I finally end up pronouncing. My presentation says it’s referred to as “Opportunities and Failures In Sports Tech”, however we’ll see what I finally end up pronouncing. It begins at ~12:15PM US Eastern Time. Update, right here it’s on Facebook:

In reality, relying on whilst you see this publish, you will have to be capable of song in survive my Facebook Page, or, watch it again from the start – assuming all of the magical era works. I’ll additionally most probably add it to YouTube as smartly within the coming day or two.

Finally, song again in the next day for the in reality juicy announcement stuff. I feel that’s the items I’m maximum enthusiastic about.

With that – thank you for studying!

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