I have a wedding to attend and I have claimed that my MARQ Expedition is my expensive dress watch — which was how I justified it. So, it would be wrong if I didn’t wear it with my new suit, short and tie. So, after a 22-day hiatus I took it out.
Charged it — using Garmin Express. I have heard that software version 5.20 was out. It got downloaded right away. It doesn’t do anything for I, from what I can see, but no doubt there are smaller bug fixes and stability improvements that go undocumented. No problems from what I can see.
I didn’t hook-up my Fenix 6 to Garmin Express today. So, it is still at 4.10. I am sure I will go up to 4.20 the next time I connect to Garmin Express. BTW, 5.20 on the MARQ is essentially the same as 4.20 on the Fenix 6.
My ‘Sensor Hub’ on the MARQ is still at 2.50. 2.53 is still in beta.
My Garmin Fenix 6 Is At Software Version 4.10, My MARQ Expedition At 5.10 — They Both Have The ‘Respiration’ Widget.
I had heard about software 4.10 for the Fenix 6 yesterday. I was, at that point, still at 3.80. Late last night, i.e., Friday, September 27, 2019, I connected the Fenix 6 to Garmin Express. Got the update pretty quickly. Took a few minutes to install, but there were no problems. Pretty smooth.
As you can see from the above descriptions, which I got from ‘Garmin Forums’, they essentially track each other. That is good — albeit with the newer Fenix 6 leading the way and the MARQ getting the features added on. But, not an issue. Garmin is doing the MARQ updates quickly. Hope it carries on like that.
The only new enhancement that really interested me was the ‘all day respiration’ widget. I installed it on both watches. Neat. I even read how it works — by minutely analysing changes in heart rate at the millisecond level. It is good to have a widget that tells you that you are still breathing! At my age that can be an issue. I like the readings I am seeing. They look OK to I, but I have no idea if they are accurate.
Garmin Express versions have been increasing rapidly — basically a new version every month as of 2019.
We were at 6.15 on July 1, 2019.
Now mid-month we are 3 versions higher.
It must be to support all the new Garmin models.
But, make sure you upgrade.
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But, when I unplugged it from USB the MARQ asked when it could install the new version of software.
From what I can see this new software version doesn’t do ANYTHING for I. That is not to say that the MARQ is without bugs. It loses the installed watch face on a regular basis — for one. To be honest I am not thrilled with the MARQ. Just glad that I didn’t buy it per se. It was an upgrade and ‘goodwill’ (for work performed). SMILE.
Interesting. The v220.127.116.11 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.
Make sure you update your ‘Express‘.
Interesting. This is a ‘dot’ update — i.e., it went up from v18.104.22.168 to v22.214.171.124. I had to do a double-take to spot it. I expected it to be v126.96.36.199.
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.
Make sure you update your ‘Express‘.
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.