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My Garmin Fenix 5 Is Now Running Firmware Version 9.20.

by Anura Guruge


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The upgrade was pretty painless once I did it via Garmin ExpressUSB attached.

The Bluetooth update failed.

It took a little while to install on the watch — and restart. But, I had read about that somewhere else, and as such was not overly concerned.

What is new in 9.20 is covered in this post.

I will, of course, keep you posted.


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Garmin Fenix 5: Firmware Version 9.20 Is Now Being Rolled Out To All Users.

by Anura Guruge


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My Fenix 5 was at firmware 8.0 when I got it on May 4, 2018.

As I type this ‘Garmin Connect‘ on my Google Pixel 2 phone is trying to download the new software update over Bluetooth. Not too happy about that. Would have preferred to have done it, over USB, with ‘Garmin Express‘. C’est la vie.

<< It is installing it on my Fenix 5 as I type. It failed! Just updated & had it installed via Garmin Express in seconds! >>

Two BIGGIES as far as I am concerned — as marked with arrows above, i.e., the improvements to sleep and stress monitoring. In both cases more out of curiosity than anything else. I sleep well. Never had issues, mainly because I am dead tired when I go to sleep. About 50% of my sleep is ‘deep’!

Compared to what I used to see on my two Vivoactive 3s, the Fenix 5 stress readings looked suspect. So, I am interested to see how this update will change that.

I will keep you posted.


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Garmin Announces Fenix 5 Plus With Maps, Pay, Music & Galileo (GPS) etc. On June 18, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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The features are per what I gave you a heads up on 7-days ago: i.e., TOPO maps, Garmin Pay, Music & Galileo “GPS”.

One thing new is the expensive titanium cases. Lots of models. Check them out here, on the Garmin site.

It is claimed to have “blood oxygen” monitoring — and it does, BUT only in the Fenix 5X Plus. Got that. Just in the 5X Plus.

Garmin is claiming availability within the week BUT I doubt that. I will most likely UPGRADE to one, trade-in in my current Fenix 5, BUT I will probably wait till Christmas.


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Garmin Adds Music To The Vivoactive 3 — Available By July 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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Now that Garmin, with the somewhat star-crossed Forerunner 645M, has worked out who to put music into their watches there is no stopping them.

We learned yesterday that they will be introducing a Fenix 5 PLUS range that has music — and today the announcement of the Vivoactive 3M at $299.99. The non-music Vivoactive 3 is now down to $249.99. I think that that is a full $80 — $100 cheaper than what it was when introduced last November.

Garmin had to do this to stay competitive with the Fitbit Ionic and Versa — not to mention the Apple smartwatch.

The issue, as has plagued Garmin of late, is going to be reliability. Music on the FR 645 was buggy and the Vivoactive 3, as I can attest, was far from reliable.

Challenging times for Garmin. It is getting squeezed on all sides by Fitbit, Apple, Samsung

I will, as always, keep you posted.


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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus With Maps, Pay, Music & Galileo (GPS) On The Way.

by Anura Guruge


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The belief is that this PLUS RANGE, across the Garmin Fenix 5, 5S & 5X, will be available by September. IF SO, given the problems with the first batch of Garmin Vivoactive 3 & Forerunner 645, I, for one, will wait till close to Christmas before getting one (assuming I do).

Given that Music and Pay are now available on the Forerunner 645 I knew it would just be a matter of time before Garmin had to offer it on the Fenix 5 range. I am interested in Pay, but not the music. I like the sound of silence I can experience where I run — i.e., basically in the woods of New Hampshire.

Built-in maps, as in the Fenix 5x, on a 5 Plus, would be nice.

Galileo navigation will augment GPS and GLONASS and promises to provide better accuracy since it is a non-military system aimed at consumers — such as us.

No wonder the Fenix 5 prices are dropping.

I will keep you posted.


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New Study Shows That Sri Lanka Has The 4th LOWEST Rate Of Cancer Worldwide.

by Anura Guruge


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I am not sure what to make of this. I read about the study in the U.K. “Daily Mail” my primary source of news. I then went to the original source to make sure it was kosher.

It is a credible institution. I have come across them before. They are associated with the ‘University of Washington‘ and get funding from the Bill Gates’ charitable foundation.

What concerns me about these findings is the accuracy of the data provided — by the countries. That the lowest levels are among ‘developing’ countries while the highest rates are among the ‘developed’ countries give me pause for thought.

How many cases in rural areas go untreated and as such undocumented and unreported?

But, it is also possible that we have lower incidence of cancer — though, of course, I know Sri Lankans who have had cancer.

I am just bringing it to your attention.

You check it out.


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