Garmin smartwatches just got a great free upgrade

Garmin's bringing some great new features to its smartwatches and cycling computers

Garmin Enduro 2 smartwatch on wooden log
(Image credit: Matt Kollat/T3)

Garmin's best smartwatches and cycling computers just got even better. Products including the Garmin Fenix 7X and the Garmin Epix (Gen 2), the Garmin Instinct 2 and the Edge 1040 series are getting some great new features in their latest software updates.

Let's start with the smartwatches. The new software update is getting improvements to SatIQ that'll automatically switch on multi-band GPS in areas where you need it and turn it off in areas where you don't, which should make a big difference to battery life. There's Heart Rate Variability (HRV) tracking, a Race Widget with race prep information, performance predictions, next-day weather and a countdown clock, and there's a stock tracker for wearers who can't miss a movement in the stock market even when they're working out. The training status has been improved too to give you more data and insights into how well you're training.

What's coming to the Edge 1040 cycling computers

For cycling computers, the software update is bringing music controls that you can use to control your smartphone music app; the same improved training status reporting as in smartwatches; intensity minute tracking so you can see how many intensity minutes you earned during each ride; and full eBike support, enabling you to connect ANT/ANT+ compatible eBikes to view custom data, adjust assistance levels and see if you have enough range to cover the course you've planned to ride.

The new software is available now and should install automatically if you have automatic updates enabled.

These are welcome updates to what are already very good devices: in our Garmin Edge Solar review we said it was head and shoulders ahead of the competition, and we described the Fenix 7X as the king of multi-sport watches. It's good to see Garmin continuing to add new features and improved information even after it's got your money; that's the kind of customer care that keeps people loyal across multiple generations of devices.

Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (