Garmin has announced the 2019 Connect IQ Developer Awards. Here’s what you need to know.
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Last week the Kansas-based outfit hosted the 2019 Connect IQ Summit at their headquarters in Olathe. Garmin has some amazing apps for your devices and it used the occasion to pick out the cream of the crop.
The gathering also saw the launch of a standalone app that helps users personalise their wearables and cycling computers. The new Connect IQ makes it much easier to manage, search for and download apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields for your Garmin devices.
Now that the summit is over we can announce all the winners across various categories.
Best new watch face
Crystal won the title. Not bad, particularly when you take into consideration this is the English developer’s first ever Connect IQ watch face!
What you get are LCD-like goal meter segments, resembling snow crystals falling during an unusually cold spell of weather – hence the name. Features include big time digits in the middle, up to 3 customisable data fields, up to 3 customisable indicators, 2 customisable meters and a move bar. Oh, and lets not forget the 12 colour themes.
Best wearable smart app
Your QR was chosen as the best out of the three. This is an app which allows you to share personal information easily by flashing your wrist. The clever software creates your own QR by tapping into information in your vCard. The nominees in this category included Barcode Wallet, Pomodoro and Your QR.
It currently supports name, phone number, email address, website, job title, company and address. You will need an internet connection to load the image and your watch must be connected to your phone via Bluetooth in order for it to work.
Best Edge app
The last of these was chosen as the winner. Workout Player displays XERT’s unique Smart Workouts. The software helps you perform at your best by making sure all your data is utilised.
This is achieved by communicating directly with your specialised Fitness Signature (located at www.xertonline.com). Garmin Connect Mobile facilitates this link.
The thing configures everything so that its specific to you. The workout is then played using your power meter and/or smart trainer. All of this will be adjusted in real-time on the fly. At the end of the session, the data is sent back to XERT Online. Here you can dissect all your stats, see where to improve and follow your progress.
Best training app
Ultimately Final Surge snatched the prize. The software offers a collaborative platform and online training log for for athletes, coaches, teams and clubs. This app gives you total control of your exercise. Build your own Run, Bike and Swim workout, or have a coach do it – totally up to you.
You can download up to 5 days of planned workouts at one time. Once you’ve completed the workout, sync the results to your Final Surge training log where you can dissect the data.
Developer of the year
The first of these was chosen at the developer of the year. Creator of over 50 popular apps, this guy has been very busy. His software spans everything from watch faces, to Yoga trackers, and all things in between.
Even the guy’s life is an inspiration. He started off his weight loss journey in June 2010 and hit 102 lbs. less than a year later. He lost his first 50 lbs. in 4 months and the last 50 in 6 months. His original BMI was a 38 and this has come down to a healthy 22. His waist was a 40″ and now down to a 28″. Good job.
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