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Garmin releases 12.20 firmware for fēnix 6

The pace of improvements for the fēnix 6 is very impressive. Although, it’s also kind of disheartening that there are still so many issues to fix… I’ve been running the 11.x->12.10 betas without issue, well generally anyway, there are definitely some issues – just nothing that I would consider a showstopper or blocker of basic functionality. Unfortunately, Garmin hasn’t provided a download for 12.20 so we’re reliant on rollout schedules. Although, sometimes…

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I tried Garmin, but the guys…

Yesterday my Garmin fēnix 6 was nagging me about the need for base, which of course I ignored. Hold up, not just because I didn’t want to, but because the Friday morning group ride is supposed to be slow, and laid back. So I figured that it would be easy to ride off the back in something that would approximate a base power output. That was not to be the case this…

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Garmin fēnix 6 11.75 BETA fixes Indoor Training Activity

I’ve been pretty happy with the 11.10 firmware release, except for one thing. They introduced indoor trainer control, but in the process broke heart rate capture for the activity – making it impossible to determine load (doh). Fortunately that is an undocumented fix in the BETA release of 11.75, which also includes a ton of other useful features. Like “Suggested Workouts” (apparently I need some base :)). Changes made from version 11.10…

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Garmin fēnix 6 goes to 11, err… 11.10

Take couple slow days and BOOM, there’s another update to the Garmin fēnix 6. Love it! I’ve actually been running the RC with zero issues for about a week, so I think it’s totally safe to plop this guy on the watch and enjoy the new features. The  Unfortunately, there’s no direct download link on the forums, so you’ll have to use Garmin Express if you want to force it officially. But…

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Maybe wait a bit for the marketing emails, Garmin.

It could just be me, but I find it super annoying that whatever system Garmin uses to send out marketing emails, has come back up before they have Garmin Connect fully working again. This is the second email I’ve received trying convince me that I really ought to buy a Venu since they experienced a total system failure last week. As someone who works in IT, I totally get that different teams…

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Garmin fēnix 6 goes to 10.10?

That’s really odd… Apparently Garmin messed something up in the v10 release for the fēnix 6, so now there’s a 10.10 coming straight to GA. At lease this time the release notes include Sleep and Surf (meh) ;). Same deal as always, either wait for it, or force it with Garmin Express.  …

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Garmin Pushes v10 for fēnix 6 smartwatches

Garmin has been teasing this update for a while, both in the various 9.x BETA and 10.0 RC version that went up about a week ago in their forums. I jumped on the 10 RC bandwagon after letting it stew for a few days, but unfortunately they pulled the download and associated change log for the update, with only the a very limited list available on the forum. The odd bit is…

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Working around Garmin’s intransigence

In general, I’ve been really pleased with my fēnix 6, but Garmin’s unwillingness to properly merge data recorded on other platforms/devices remains a massive annoyance. Fortunately, I’ve figured out a work around; which as stupid as it is that I need to do this, turns out it works pretty well. The “solution” should have been obvious to me at the time, but blinded as I was by the pink-fog-of-disbelief, it wasn’t. Simply…

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Garmin releases 9.0 update with 5.07 sensor hub for fēnix 6

I’m not sure why Garmin didn’t include the complete release notes (below) in the post, but there are tons of changes and improvements since the last stable (8.10) build of the firmware for the fēnix 6. The release is staggered, but you should be able to get it now via Garmin Express. Changes made from version 8.78 to 9.00: Made several stability improvements. Fixed an issue with custom alerts. Changes made from…

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Garmin drops balls on heart rate, training effect, load, etc.

One of my goals with adding a fēnix 6 to my stable of Garmin devices is that I was looking for a better, holistic view of activity/stress/load/etc., but clearly they don’t seem to understand that there’s a world outside of what they capture. Ignoring that devalues the usefulness of their platform, and frankly makes it less trustworthy for anyone who expects them to get these important metric right. Let’s dig into the…

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