Beta testers get an early Christmas present
Garmin Instinct 2 Early Access users received a Christmas present this week. The company released an alpha update for the popular smartwatch with some new features and bug fixes. Remember that alpha updates are for testing purposes. Garmin will release these updates to everyone in January.
New features in the alpha firmware update include:
- morning reports: Provides users with a daily summary of their activity and sleep data, helping them start their day on the right foot.
- sleep mode– Allows users to track their sleep patterns and receive personalized recommendations to improve the quality of their sleep.
- Primary race and look at the race calendar– Gives users quick and easy access to important race information such as their race pace and time remaining.
- Wrist-based running power: Allows users to track and measure their running power in real time, helping them optimize their training and performance.
- Suggested Daily Training Improvements: Provides users with personalized training recommendations based on their activity levels and goals.
- grade-adjusted pace: Takes into account the incline or decline of a given route, providing more accurate pace information for runners.
- Off-piste snowboarding activities– Allows users to track and record their backcountry snowboarding sessions, including essential metrics like distance and altitude.
- Physio TrueUp– Allows users to sync their activity data across multiple devices, ensuring their progress is accurately tracked and recorded.
- Real-time configuration support for activity alerts: Allows users to customize and receive alerts for specific activities, such as heart rate or pace.
- Temperature Logging Activity Settings: Allows users to track and record temperature during their workouts and outdoor activities.
The Garmin Instinct 2 alpha update also includes several bug fixes to improve the overall performance and reliability of the smartwatch. These include incorrect daily calorie counts, indoor cycling activity starting on the wrong data screen, and issues with the surf activity summary page.
The updates are now available to early access beta testers. We expect Garmin to roll out all the new features and fixes to Instinct 2 users sometime in January. You can sign up as a tester through the Garmin website if you want them while they’re in the alpha phase.
Sources: technological radar, Gadgets and portable devices