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Garmin Express (For Windows) Now At Version 6.15.0.0 (As Of June 30, 2019).

by Anura Guruge


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Interesting. The v6.14.2.0 update was just 26-days ago. We have had two updates within 45-days. That is pretty swift.

Today’s update did claim to fix some ‘major’ issues — but, as is Garmin’s wont we never get to know what they are.

In January 16, 2019 we were at v6.11.1.0. So, we have gone up FOUR full versions higher less than six months. Not sure whether that is good or bad.

Make sure you update your ‘Express‘.


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Garmin Express (For Windows) Now At Version 6.14.2.0 (As Of June 4, 2019).

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Interesting. This is a ‘dot’ update — i.e., it went up from v6.14.1.0 to v6.14.2.0. I had to do a double-take to spot it. I expected it to be v6.15.1.0.

Also this new update in 19-days! That is fast — and strage. They must have had a major bug they needed to fix, maybe with the new ‘Connect IQ‘ store.

In January 16, 2019 we were at v6.11.1.0. So, we have gone up three full versions higher in five months. Not bad.

Make sure you update your ‘Express‘.


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Installed The ‘MagicDust’ (Beta) On My Garmin Fenix 5 Plus — It Has Je N’ais Se Quoi.

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ActiFace“, for Garmin, has been the ONLY watch face I used on my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus over the last year. I like ‘ActiFace’. I had customized it for my preferences and it was just right.

On Thursday, while my Fenix 5 Plus was connected to ‘Garmin Express‘ I out of idle curiosity looked at what new watch faces were available at Connect IQ.

The ‘MagicDust‘ beta caught my eye. As you can see it does have a resemblance to ActiFace.

Downloaded it. No issues. Came up at once.

I have been too busy to sit down and customize it as yet. Appears that it has a TON of settings.

I like it. It has a certain quality and charm to it.

I am going to keep it on and see what I can do with it.

I will keep you posted.


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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus — A New Set Of Maps, Including TopoActive For U.S. & Canada, Now Available.

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I no longer do it by rote as I used to — i.e., fire up Garmin Express each and every time I charge my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus by connecting it to my PC. I, however, did yesterday, Friday, May 10, 2019.

I saw the notification that NEW MAPS were awaiting download. I immediately clicked the INSTALL button.

It was quite a big download. Even over USB it took about 25-minutes. And it told me it would take some time too. Hate to think how long it might take over Bluetooth.

Definitely suggest you hook up with Garmin Express soon as that Garmin Connect doesn’t try to download the maps over Bluetooth.

The installation on the watch took slightly longer than previous. But, there were no glitches.

From my records the last map update was in early April — about 6-weeks ago.

So, this is good.

If you have a Fenix 5 Plus series I would definitely make sure I get these the latest maps.


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The Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Now Has A Version 7.10 Firmware Release — As Of April 24, 2019.

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Just 4-days after I noted that there had been no firmware updates to the Fenix 5 Plus Garmin rolls out a new version, i.e., Ver. 7.10.

It was downloaded, over Bluetooth, to my watch yesterday, i.e., April 27, 2019. I was surprised. Usually I only get updates when I am USB-connected to Garmin Express.

Version 7.10 appears to be a RENUMBERED 6.72 or 6.4x build! Check the Forum, they still have a ‘sticky’ for a 6.72 beta — which fixes the swim workout bug mentioned as the 1st item in 7.10!

This is expected to be a busy week for Garmin. SMILE. Watch this space.


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The Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Has Not Had A Firmware Update In Nearly 5-Months!

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Everytime I power up ‘Garmin Express‘ while I am charging my Fenix 5 Plus I expect to get a firmware update. But, it is always ‘You are uptodate‘.

I kind of knew there were some betas so I went to the Garmin Forums to check what is going on.

I was right. Last update was at the end of November 2018 — Version 6. I have that. Nothing since.

That is NOT right. It isn’t as if there are no bugs that need to be fixed or features added.

Garmin used to be pretty good at doing updates. But, now … this.

Sure, they want some of us to UPGRADE to the MARQ series. We will see.


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