Monthly Garmin Roundup – April 2019

There is loads of news around Garmin this month. They have released the Edge 830 and Edge 530 earlier than expected, likely due to the devices being similar to the Edge 1030. Lots of new goodies in them though. Also some new sensors with dual BTLE and Ant+ which suggests GArmin will do this to all of their sensors this summer. Expect new HRM Tri, Run and Swim to be released alongside the imminent Forerunner 945 and 245/45 devices. I don’t expect a new Fenix until next year but with the release of the Marq we do see some new trends. For instance all new devices will get the OHR sensor from the Vivoactive 4 which includes the red LED for pulse ox. We’ve also seen music support become standard so I don’t expect many more devices where music and non music variants are available. Similarly Garmin Pay is now standard accross the board if you’re lucky enough to have an account with one of the few supported banks – this list seems to have stopped expanding though, so the rest of us are out of luck. Mapping is starting to move down the range and will appear on the Forerunner 945. LTE will trickle down next year if Garmin can extend partnerships with other carriers in other countries but I don’t expect this to be quick or soon.

Garmin Update
Garmin Watches
Garmin Bike Computers

Garmin Update

SO MUCH on the FCC site this month.

ETREX 22X/32X

Unknown Watch

Edge 830 (including internal photos!)

Edge 530 (Including internal photos!)

Another unknown watch

Marq

Elsewhere on the web, here are some recent Garmin stories:

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/04/garmin-speed-cadence-sensors-v2-with-ant-bluetooth-smart-in-depth-review.html

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/04/garmin-edge-830-cycling-gps-in-depth-review.html

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/04/garmin-edge-530-cycling-gps-in-depth-review.html

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/04/garmin-connect-iq-summit-day-2-announcements.html

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/04/garmin-connect-announcements-day-1.html

https://the5krunner.com/2019/04/24/garmin-edge-830-review-specs-comparison/

https://the5krunner.com/2019/04/23/garmin-forerunner-45-specs-leaked-45s-too-summary-info-ukrunchat/

https://the5krunner.com/2019/04/23/garmin-forerunner-245-specs-leaked-music/

https://the5krunner.com/2019/04/23/garmin-forerunner-945-specs-leaked/

Firmware Updates

Forerunner 935

Changes made from version 12.50 to 13.00:

  • Improved sensor error detection.
  • Added support for Approach CT10 (Menu > Settings > Sensors & Accessories > Club Sensors.).
  • Fixed a couple of issues with Jumpmaster.
  • Fixed an issue where one couldn’t race an activity from the activity history menu.
  • Fixed an issue where some devices were reporting a higher than expected battery drain.
  • Fixed an intermittent issue where the device could crash during an activity.
  • Fixed an issue where the GPS updates were failing to install.
  • Fixed an issue where the data screen background color would remain inverted if ending a swim workout early.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause an extra lap to be created during Swim activities.

 

Forerunner 645 Music

Changes made from version 4.10 to 4.20:

  • Improvements to the music experience.
  • Fixed an issue where the sunrise and sunset times in New Zealand were not using daylight savings.
  • Fixed an issue where non-GPS activities were being displayed in the Navigation menu.
  • Fixed an issue where certain CIQ watchfaces were displaying the incorrect date.
  • Fixed an issue with backlight level when using Flashlight.
  • Fixed an issue with playlists not including all songs transferred.

 

Fenix 5

Changes made from version 12.50 to 13.00:

  • Fixed an issue where the device could log an extra lap during Swim activities.
  • Fixed a couple of issues with Jumpmaster.
  • Fixed an issue where one couldn’t Race an activity from the activity history menu.
  • Fixed an issue where some devices were reporting a higher than expected battery drain.
  • Fixed an intermittent issue where the device could crash during an activity.
  • Fixed an issue where the GPS updates were failing to install.
  • Fixed an issue where the data screen background color would remain inverted, if ending a swim workout early.
  • Added support for Approach CT10 on Fenix 5, 5S, 5X and FR935. (Menu > Settings > Sensors & Accessories > Club Sensors.)

 

Fenix 5 Plus

Changes made from version 6.00 to 7.00:

  • Fixed an issue where the background color for data screens in a swim workout could end up inverted if the workout was ended early.
  • Fixed a couple of issues with Jumpmaster.
  • Fixed an issue where the device would fail to calculate long bicycle routes.
  • Fixed an issue where the device may register a speed spike for certain activities.
  • Fixed an issue where one wasn’t able to edit coordinates for a waypoint in Russian.
  • Fixed an issue where the device would report an incorrect battery percentage after unplugging from external power.
  • Fixed an issue where the device could experience unexpected battery drain after using Wallet.
  • Fixed an issue where the device will reboot if using Broadcast Heart Rate with the system language set to Russian.
  • Fixed an issue where one couldn’t Race an activity from the activity history menu.
  • Fixed an issue where the device was reporting extremely high values for Bike powermeter.
  • Fixed several minor issues with music.
  • Made several improvements to the XERO widget.
  • Made several improvements to the DogTrack widget.
  • Added support for Approach CT10.
  • Added UTC offsets to time zones when setting up Alternate Time Zones.

 

Instinct

Changes made from version 3.10 to 3.20:

  • Fixed a potential issue with GPS distance not being reported correctly.
  • Fixed rare watch face refresh issue.

 

Edge 1030

Changes made from version 7.20 to 7.30:

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when riding with a cadence sensor.

Changes made from version 7.00 to 7.20:

  • Improved connection to the Edge Remote.
  • Fixed issue causing Connect IQ MapView to not handle inputs.
  • Fixed incorrect navigation audio tones from the 7.00 update.
  • Fixed a crash when sending GroupTrack messages.
  • Added support for 12-speed shifting systems.
  • Fixed data field issues when using a shifting system with no front derailleur.
  • Fixed crash when doing the FTP test.
  • Updated RTL510 and RTL500 light modes for Auto and Trail modes.
  • Fixed Varia lights not activating when starting an activity.
  • Fixed issue where radar would not automatically reconnect after being disconnected for more than 2 minutes.
  • Fixed issue where the Edge would not automatically pair with a radar that is paired to a watch that the Edge is connected to via Extended Display Mode.
  • Made several improvements to the Sensor Details UI for Vector 3 power meters.
  • Added support for displaying eBike data fields on a Varia Vision.
  • Fixed bug in Extended Display mode where Di2 battery would report as 255%.

 

Edge 820

Changes made from version 10.00 to 11.00:

  • New Beta Feature: Galileo satellites. There is now support to use the Galileo network of satellites to assist in getting GPS fixes. With the correct GPS firmware, this option can be enabled by selecting GPS+Galileo in the GPS setting. Sync the device with Garmin Express to make sure that the new line of GPS firmware is provided to the device. Without this, the option will not be available.
  • Added cycling dynamics support for 3rd party power sensors.
  • Updated smart notification categories. In the phone settings, social and other smart notification categories can be enabled. This will make the Edge show notifications from other applications depending on how they are categorized by Garmin Connect Mobile. Apps like WhatsApp, GroupMe, and Twitter may show up under social and things like e-mail, calendar, and news may show up under other. These categories are off by default and must be enabled to be seen.
  • Fixed an issue causing cadence and power data dropouts.
  • Updated indoor trainer UI to properly disable GPS when activated and no longer try to calculate routes while active.
  • Fixed issue where FTP data would not be uploaded to Garmin Connect correctly.
  • Fixed crash when doing a calculation with automotive routing selected.
  • Added ability to select CIQ data fields on the map page.
  • Added prompt to indicate when a course has more course points than are supported by the device.
  • Fixed issue with transmitting front and rear gear information to the Varia Vision.
  • Added ability to stop the course from the course review page of the active course to make it easier to reactivate a course.
  • Updated the incident detection interface to better indicate when the user is trying to dismiss the page by holding the specified area.
  • Fixed crash when using Varia Vision with workouts.
  • Fixed issue where the GPS data field did not match the GPS indicated by the status bar.
  • Fixed issue when coming out of mass storage mode that could cause a crash.
  • Added the current software version to the power on page.
  • Fixed issues with device transfers.
  • Completing a segment will now turn on the backlight.
  • Added a minimum scale to the altimeter page so that small elevation ranges are reflected properly.
  • Fixed elevation zooming issue with large courses/activities/segments (>100mi or km).
  • Updated radar tone to be easier to hear.
  • Minor graphics improvements.
  • Minor bug fixes and stability improvements.
  • Minor CIQ improvements.

Edge 520 Plus

Changes made from version 3.00 to 4.00:

  • New Beta Feature: Galileo satellites. There is now support to use the Galileo network of satellites to assist in getting GPS fixes. With the correct GPS firmware, this option can be enabled by selecting GPS+Galileo in the GPS setting. Sync the device with Garmin Express to make sure that the new line of GPS firmware is provided to the device. Without this, the option will not be available.
  • Added cycling dynamics support for 3rd party power sensors.
  • Updated smart notification categories. In the phone settings, social and other smart notification categories can be enabled. This will make the Edge show notifications from other applications depending on how they are categorized by Garmin Connect Mobile. Apps like WhatsApp, GroupMe, and Twitter may show up under social and things like e-mail, calendar, and news may show up under other. These categories are off by default and must be enabled to be seen.
  • Fixed an issue causing cadence and power data dropouts.
  • Updated indoor trainer UI to properly disable GPS when activated and no longer try to calculate routes while active.
  • Fixed issue where FTP data would not be uploaded to Garmin Connect correctly.
  • Updated the FTP pages to be more intuitive for button inputs.
  • Fixed crash when doing a calculation with automotive routing selected.
  • Added ability to select CIQ data fields on the map page.
  • Added prompt to indicate when a course has more course points than are supported by the device.
  • Fixed issue with transmitting front and rear gear information to the Varia Vision.
  • Added ability to stop the course from the course review page of the active course to make it easier to reactivate a course.
  • Added tip to the bike light control page to indicate that the page is just for displaying data and that controlling the lights requires a Varia Remote.
  • Fixed crash when using Varia Vision with workouts.
  • Fixed issue where the GPS data field did not match the GPS indicated by the status bar.
  • Fixed issue when coming out of mass storage mode that could cause a crash.
  • Added the current software version to the power on page.
  • Fixed issues with device transfers.
  • Completing a segment will now turn on the backlight.
  • Added a minimum scale to the altimeter page so that small elevation ranges are reflected properly.
  • Fixed elevation zooming issue with large courses/activities/segments (>100mi or km).
  • Updated radar tone to be easier to hear.
  • Fixed the drawing of the underscore icon on the keyboard.
  • Fixed minor issue caused by reviewing a personal record.
  • Minor graphics improvements.
  • Minor bug fixes and stability improvements.
  • Minor CIQ improvements.

Edge 520

Changes made from version 12.80 to 12.90:

  • Fixes an issue causing custom fonts in Connect IQ apps to not display properly.
  • Fixes a crash when syncing emergency contact data that has a long email address listed.
  • Fixes an issue with the Time/Distance Ahead data fields when doing a distance only target.

 

Edge 130

Changes made from version 3.20 to 3.30:

  • Changes to support manufacturing

Changes made from version 3.00 to 3.20:

  • Add manual elevation calibration feature
  • Add setting to disable auto power down
  • Fix issue with segments not always working during a course
  • Fix ‘ETA at Dest.’ data field showing incorrect value
  • Integrate improvements for CIQ 3.0
  • Fix other bugs

Vector 3

Changes made from version 3.50 to 3.60:

  • Tuned low battery warning indication
  • Add support for ANT+ Bike Power Profile v5.1
  • Limit computed TE/PS values to 100%
  • Fix Right Side PCO when TE/PS is not enabled
  • Improve ANT reception while coasting for short durations (4 minutes or less)
  • Prevent Vector 3S from getting stuck in the Install Angle Wizard on Edge 510/810
  • Fix setting Crank Length to report Manual/Default correctly

Garmin

 

Range Manufacturer Device Current Speculation
Fenix Series Garmin Fenix Don’t buy – this is very old
Garmin Fenix 2 Don’t buy. This is pretty old and is quite dated from a technology standpoint. The new generation Garmin range really is a lot better.
Garmin Fenix 3 Fenix 3 HR, Quatix 3, D2 Bravo, Tactix Bravo This has been superseded. I’ve downgraded to red because updates and features are gradually disappearing. Let’s be clear though, this is still a very capable watch and I would have no problem buying and using one for the right price on the understanding that it is what it is and won’t get new features.
Garmin Fenix 5, 5s, 5X, Quatix 5, D2 Charlie, Tactix Charlie Released in January 2017 so this watch is not dated and will be very well supported throughout the next year (2018) at least. I’ve put back to orange as it’s a little older but because of the release of Fenix 5 Plus which seems similar enough that we can expect another year of reasonable support on the 5. It won’t get all the new features but at least we know where we stand
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Finally arrived in June 2018 including the Ti model(s) we predicted after the D2 Charlie arrived. These are SO expensive though 🙁
Garmin Fenix 6 With the Fenix 5 Plus in June 2018 don’t expect to see the Fenix 6 until January 2020, although there are mentions of it on the web already around its Bluetooth chipset so it might be Jan 2019. If it is I think there will be a lot of quite annoyed 5 Plus owners.
Garmin Fenix Chronos Superceded by the Marq series. Downgraded to red since the Fenix 5 Plus arrived, there is little reason to buy the Chronos now.
Garmin Marq Update to the Chronos. Very expensive new Fenix 5 Plus and a bit released early 2019. Expect an update in 2021
Mapping and hiking specific Garmin Epix Don’t buy. This experimental watch led to the Fenix 5X but firmware updates have all but stopped on this device despite numerous bugs
Garmin Epix 2 Abandoned, the Epix has been replaced by Fenix 5X
Garmin Instinct Launched October 2018 so the first update to this new range is likely to be October 2020
High end Triathlon 9xx Garmin Forerunner 910XT Don’t buy – this is very old
Garmin Forerunner 920XT Has now been replaced, but this is a very capable and mature device (October 2014). If it’s cheap I’d certainly get one on the understanding that no new features will be coming.
Garmin Forerunner 935 Released March 2017 and based on Fenix 5 hardware and software. This is a solid watch but will be replaced by the Fenix 5 Plus based Forerunner 945 by Summer 2019
Garmin Forerunner 935 Plus As expected this is not happening.
Garmin Forerunner 945 Expected summer 2019 with features almost identical to the Fenix 5 Plus
Midrange Triathlon 7xx Garmin Forerunner 735XT If it’s cheaper than the FR935 then great, otherwise definitely go for the FR935. May 2018 is the earliest we’d expect replacement but with the Forerunner 935 in the mix it may be dropped as it was an interim solution using FR235 hardware before F5 hardware was finalised.
Garmin Forerunner 745XT I just can’t imagine why this would exist so have marked it Grey as “not happening”. Maybe I’m wrong.
High end running 6xx Garmin Forerunner 610 Don’t buy, this is very old (2011)
Garmin Forerunner 620 Don’t buy, this is very old (2013)
Garmin Forerunner 630 Don’t Buy – this is still fairly new but is already on the “previous models” (aka “dead to me”) page at Garmin. The 645 is clearly the future here and is a much more capable device
Garmin Forerunner 645/645 Music Launched January 2018, earliest replacement likely January 2020
Garmin Forerunner 655 Expect in around January 2020. The “Music” suffix will disapear since music will be standard in the next model
Midrange Running 2xx Garmin Forerunner 210 Don’t buy, this is very old (2010)
Garmin Forerunner 220 Don’t buy, this is very old (2013)
Garmin Forerunner 230 Don’t Buy – This range has ended with OHR models taking over everywhere
Garmin Forerunner 225 Don’t buy. Garmin immediately replaced this with the 235 using their own sensor.
Garmin Forerunner 235 Wait. Garmin have released the 645 which kinda takes over this range. The 235 is fairly dated compared to newer watches but still fits the bill as a great running watch.
Garmin Forerunner 245 Missing in action, should have launched alongside the Forerunner 645. Garmin have released the 645 which kinda takes over this range and didn’t include a 245 yet which may not even fit into the range given the lower cost of the 645.

This has now been mentioned in a forum post on Garmin forums so it might exist after all, rumours say summer 2019 but I’m unsure

Budget Running 0xx Garmin Forerunner 25 This has been out a while (August 2015) and has been sorta replaced with the FR30. Still cheap and capable though
Garmin Forerunner 30 released September 2017
Garmin Forerunner 35 Buy – this is still fairly new (September 2016). September 2018 would be the soonest we’d expect a replacement.
Garmin Forerunner 45 overdue an update, this series is rumoured to get a 45 in summer 2019. Personally I think this will take the place of the 245 so we’ll see a single watch at the low end for runners
Fitness Garmin Vivoactive Replaced by the Vivoactive HR and on the “previous models” (aka “dead to me”) page at Garmin.
Garmin Vivoactive HR Don’t buy unless you get a good deal. This is still quite new but has been superceded by the Vivoactive 3 which seems to add a lot of things including wrist based payment. Not quite ready for a red grade yet, this is still a great watch
Garmin Vivoactive 3/Music Buy, this is just released in August 2017 so August 2019 is the probable replacement.
Garmin Vivoactive 4 Late 2019 is the earliest we expect this model. Expect the Music tag to disapear as music will be standard accross all but the cheapest watches by then.
Garmin Vivosport Released in August 2017, we would expect a replacement in 2019 for this device
Garmin Vivosport 2 Expected late summer 2019

Garmin Bike Computers

Range Manufacturer Device Current Speculation
High End 1xxx Garmin Edge 1000 Buy if you get a really good deal, this was overdue for replacement and very, very old for a current device (2014!) even when replaced in August 2017. This is cheap everywhere now, and still a good device but only a little cheaper than the Edge 1030.
Garmin Edge 1030 Finally arrived in August 2017. Likely replacement…2020! Although I can imagine a 2019 update so we’ll wait and see
Garmin Edge 1040 Keep calm and wait until 2020!
Midrange Map/touch 8xx Garmin Edge 800 Don’t buy, this is very old (2010)
Garmin Edge 810 Don’t buy, this is very old (2013)
Garmin Edge 820 Replaced by the Edge 830 in April 2019
Garmin Edge 830 Launched April 2019, the earliest we expect a replacement is 2021
Garmin Edge 840 Summer 2021
Midrange Map/buttons 5xx Garmin Edge 500 Don’t buy, this is very old (2009)
Garmin Edge 510 Don’t buy, this is very old (2013)
Garmin Edge 520 This is current, although may be replaced around Jan 2019. Kinda sorta replaced by the plus model
Garmin Edge 520 Plus Replaced by the Edge 530 in April 2019
Garmin Edge 530 Launched April 2019, the earliest we expect a replacement is 2021
Garmin Edge 540 Summer 2021
Budget 2xx & 1xx Garmin Edge 200 Don’t buy, this is very old (2011)
Garmin Edge 130 Buy, this is new in April 2018 and a great little computer.
Garmin Edge 140 Not before May 2020, probably May 2021
Basic Garmin Edge 20 While this is current, it’s due for replacement in 2018. It’s possible this replacement will be pushed back though, as there’s very little to change on these devices. With the Edge 130 this range may disapear altogether, or just hang around as an ultra low cost alternative
Garmin Edge 25 While this is current, it’s due for replacement in 2018. It’s possible this replacement will be pushed back though, as there’s very little to change on these devices. With the Edge 130 this range may disapear altogether, or just hang around as an ultra low cost alternative

9 Comments

  1. Any rumours on an update to the Garmin footpod?

    • I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a new footpod this year, along with a run pod as well. Both should get the update for Dual BTLE channels alongside the Ant+ at the very least. I’d be amazed if Garmin aren’t at least working on running power as well so they might well drop some power running pods at some point. Given how unreliable running power is I can see why they’ve stayed out of this but since all of their competitors have released something they have nothing much to lose.
      Also, let’s not forget their purchase of an aero sensor business which has yet to be consumerised. With the various updates to ConnectIQ they should be able to measure and feedback on cycling position on the unit now so I’d expect an aero sensor this year or early next year too.

  2. Garmin FR 45/45S, 245/245 music, 945 have officially popped up on Garmin’s website and you can check out their reviews at: https://www.dcrainmaker.com/product-reviews/garmin. Cheers!

  3. I know these typically aren’t covered here, but are there any rumors on a Vivosport update? Like Vivosport 2?

    • Sorry thought I added that a while ago but apparently not! Yes I think that is due a refresh I’ll try to get it added this week.

      • looking forward to your reply 🙂

        • Just updated. Looks like August 2019 is the expected date for this if they release one. That said, DCRainmaker said this week will have 3 announcements and the only one I can think of is the Suunto 7 and possibly the Wahoo Rival so we’ll have to wait and see what pops up 🙂

          • Thank you so much!

  4. Thank you! No need to apologize. I really enjoy reading this blog. Great information and insight. Thanks again.

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