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My ‘Fitbit Inspire HR’ Is Now At Firmware Version 34.20001.60.39.

by Anura Guruge


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Given that I do have a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus I do not use the Fitbit Inspire HR much. Yesterday, I charged it up and synched it … just to keep it ‘alive’. That is when I was told about the update. It took a fair amount of time to download — over Bluetooth. I just left it downloading and went to bed.

It was up and ready to roll in the morning. So, just wanted to make sure that you knew that there is new firmware.


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Garmin Adds ‘Incident Detection’ To Fenix 5 Plus, Forerunner 645M & Vivoactive 3M.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read. Received via e-mail today.


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Incident (a.k.a. ‘Fall’) Detection‘ was pioneered, with great success, on the Apple Watch 4 last year.

Garmin offered it, for the first time, a few weeks ago, on the new Forerunner models, such as the Forerunner 945.

Today, I received an e-mail saying it was also available on the Fenix 5 Plus, Forerunner 645M & Vivoactive 3M. I was pretty chuffed in that I do have a Fenix 5 Plus.

I, of course, immediately went looking for it. IT WAS THERE. It must have been in the 7.10 Firmware I downloaded to the watch April 29, 2019. I just checked. I am at 7:10 (cf413a9).

Support is also in ‘Garmin Connect’. I am at 4.18. Not sure when that was updated to that level.

But, I can confirm, and you can see the pictures, that I have it on my Fenix 5 Plus.

This is good. I am glad.

Feel bad for Fenix 5, FR 645 and Vivocative 3 owners. It can’t have been a storage issue. So, can’t see why they are only offering it on watches that have the additional storage (for music).


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‘Garmin MARQ’ $1,500+ Series: Only To Be Sold Via Garmin & Jewelry Stores!

by Anura Guruge


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The MARQ saga is getting crazier and more exasperating by the day. Today’s story, from Garmin, is that the MARQ series will not be available from traditional sport stores in the U.S. — only speciality jewelry stores. This is crazy.

HRM USA, from whom I prefer to get my smartwatches, because of their 45-day returns, VIP UPGRADE club and exemplary support, cannot order MARQs from Garmin. This is not funny. I ‘spoke’ with HRM USA about this — today. They are, of course, not happy about this either.

I hear that the MARQ was listed, albeit briefly, on the Macy’s Website and possibly even Nordstrom.


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‘Garmin MARQ’ $1,500+ Smartwatches Go ‘Walkabouts’ — There Is No Longer AVAILABILITY!

by Anura Guruge


This weekend.

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April 15, 2019.

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Something is very fishy. It was announced around March 13, 2019. 7 weeks ago. Initially, as is fairly standard, they said 3 – 5 week availability. Well, we are long past that. Folks are asking.

The newly announced Garmin Forerunner 945 is also NOT currently available from Garmin or Amazon. But, a few LUCKY folks got units from the likes of HRM USA. Also appears that it is more readily available in Europe and in the U.S.A.

Strange.

I don’t like it. Indicates that they are having production issues and that never bodes well.


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Fitbit Losing $80 Million In 1Q2019, On $272 Million Revenue — Do NOT See The Glory Or Point.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘marketwatch.com’.


While I appreciate companies play all sorts of ‘games’ when it comes to reporting their income, these Fitbit results definitely appear to tell a story …

Losing $80 Million of $272 Million of sales. That is 29%.

This does not look like a ‘paper’ loss. It would appear that it costs Fitbit more to develop, manufacture, market, sell & support their products than they can recoup in sales.

If that is the case something is wrong. Fitbit must get their cost under control or stop selling their watches at a discount — just to get market share.


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The New Garmin Forerunner 945 Is NOT As Yet Listed On Amazon.com, Not Available At Garmin & HRM USA Is Out Of Stock.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. On Amazon.com on Wed. May 1, 2019 ~ 12:40am.


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I had heard a rumor that HRM USA was expecting a few units in on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. There are also three people, on the Garmin Forums, claiming that they are getting Forerunner 945s from HRM USA between Wednesday and Friday of this week. This is not atypical. They also got Garmin Vivoactive 3 units ahead of anybody else.

HRM USA is currently out of stock. So …


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Garmin Adds ‘Menstrual Cycle Tracking’ Support à la Fitbit To MANY Of Its Watches.

by Anura Guruge


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Click here to access Garmin’s page for this feature.




Though developed for the just announced Garmin Forerunner 945, the ‘Menstrual Cycle Tracking‘ feature is going to be available across many of Garmin’s mid- to high-end devices including some other Forerunners, Vivoactive 3 & Fenix 5 (Plus).

‘Menstrual Cycle’ is tracked using body temperature so your watch has to have a temperature sensor. That is the gating factor.

This feature has been on new Fitbits as of about October 2018. I got my wife to test a Fitbit Charge 3 with this feature last year and she was suitably impressed.

Though I just updated my Garmin Connect to the requisite 4.18 version, which has this feature, I don’t get to see it because my gender is set as ‘male’. No, I am NOT going to change that. But, from what I see, Garmin appears to offer more ‘note taking’ and ‘annotation’ options, e.g., you can record outbreaks of acne.

I know that many females will welcome this feature and put it to good use. So, I am glad.

Also, (as a Garmin shareholder to boot) I am glad that they did not restrict this to just the new Forerunner 945.

So, a good day for us Garmin owners.


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