Suunto is rolling out a software update for the Suunto 9 sports watch. It brings GLONASS access and other firmware improvements.
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Released this summer, Suunto 9 is a timepiece with awesome battery life. The gizmo can run anywhere between 25 hours and 120 hours and that’s with GPS tracking switched on! This is partly accomplished by lowering the GPS power. The Finish company has achieved this thanks to its ‘FusedTrack’ algorithm, which combines GPS and motion sensor data.
Suunto 9 comes with support for over 80 sports modes and it has wrist heart rate measurement from Valencell built-in, 100 meter water resistance and a durable design. There is full GPS route navigation, sunrise/sunset times, storm alarm and many other great features. Definitely a device worth considering.
With this new software update (version 2.5.18), Suunto 9 is getting some more features and performance enhancements, the most important of which is GLONASS access.
For those not in the know, this is the Russian satellite system. Adding GLONASS to your watch makes more satellites available which means positions can be fixed more quickly and accurately. This is especially important in built-up areas where the view to some GPS satellites may be obscured by buildings. After installing the update, you will need to activate GLONASS when needed from the navigation menu.
Other less important changes include a new notification at the end of the week showing you a quick summary of your training, battery saving enhancements and more. To update, download and install Suuntolink to your computer. Plug your watch into the USB port and follow the on-screen instructions.
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