Garmin, a leading company in the field of smartwatches and wearable technology, has recently released a beta update for its Fenix 7, Epix 2, Quatix 7, and MARQ 2 smartwatches. The new software, known as Beta Version 13.22, brings a host of bug fixes and improvements to these popular wearables.
One of the notable bug fixes addresses an issue that prevented some of the Connect IQ watch faces from entering sleep mode correctly. Sleep tracking is an essential feature for many smartwatch users, and this bug fix ensures that users can accurately monitor their sleep patterns without any disruptions caused by watch face issues.
Additionally, Garmin has resolved problems related to the "based on" heart rate (HR) zone setting and the heart rate connection icon. Heart rate monitoring is a fundamental health tracking feature in smartwatches, and it is crucial for users to have accurate and reliable readings. With these bug fixes, users of the Fenix 7, Epix 2, Quatix 7, and MARQ 2 can now trust that their heart rate data is being recorded and displayed correctly.
Another significant bug that has been addressed in this update is the unexpected shutdown during strength activities. Engaging in strength exercises and activities is a popular use case for many fitness enthusiasts, and sudden shutdowns during these activities can be frustrating and disruptive. With the bug fix provided by Garmin, users can now perform their strength workouts without worrying about their smartwatch unexpectedly shutting down.
Moreover, Garmin has resolved an issue specifically related to the MARQ 2 smartwatch, where the Optical Heart Rate Sensor (OHR) would turn on when it was supposed to be switched off. This fix ensures that the MARQ 2 smartwatch operates as intended, providing users with accurate heart rate measurements while conserving battery life when the OHR is not in use.
In addition to bug fixes, Garmin has also updated the translations on these smartwatches. This improvement enhances the user experience for individuals who prefer different languages, making the devices more accessible and user-friendly on a global scale.
To obtain the Beta Version 13.22 update, users can simply navigate to the software update section on their Fenix 7, Epix 2, Quatix 7, or MARQ 2 smartwatches. By following the path Menu > System > Software Update > Check for Updates, users can initiate the over-the-air (OTA) update process and enjoy the latest bug fixes and improvements immediately.
For users who are part of the Garmin Beta Program, the company recommends installing the secure_config files on their smartwatches. These files enable additional features and automatically generate response files for new bugs. The most recent secure_config file was added on May 25, and users can find versions suitable for their specific wearable on the Garmin website.
It's worth mentioning that the previous update, v13.19, addressed the battery drain issues that many users had reported when using Connect IQ (CIQ) watch faces. This demonstrates Garmin's commitment to continuously improving the performance and functionality of their devices based on user feedback.
If you're interested in participating in the Garmin Beta Program, you can join through the Garmin Connect platform. Being a part of this program allows you to gain early access to beta updates, enabling you to provide valuable feedback to Garmin and contribute to the development of future updates and features.