I’m not sure I understand the point of this, given that it already works. But, it is nice that the process of getting a course from Komoot or Strava loaded on your Garmin head unit is more streamlined than before; which did involve installing a Connect IQ app, linking the account, selecting the course, and downloading it. Where, now you should just have to link the accounts. I haven’t had a chance to try it, but given the automatic nature of what’s described in the press release, I’m not confident I’m going to like it. I create quite a few route variations in Komoot, with the intent to pick one eventually to actually ride. If all of those come down via automated API magic, it will only clutter up my Garmin.
OLATHE, Kan./May 14, 2020 – Garmin International Inc. today announced Garmin Connect Courses API to make it easier to follow courses for running, cycling, hiking and more on a Garmin device. The integration will allow users to import their route files created through third-party applications, like Strava and Komoot, and will automatically download to a compatible Garmin device.