Garmin has issued a Beta release which adds on-device sleep calculation to the Fenix 6 range. Other upgrades as part of this software version include a slightly updated user interface and the usual bug fixes.
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All Garmin watches can track sleep. But strangely enough you can’t actually view the data on the device itself. The only way to see it is to open the Connect app or website dashboard. We’re not sure of the reason for this as even some more obscure stats such as stress have their own widget.
On-device sleep tracking widgets have been shown in Garmin promotional material in the past. But so far no Garmin watch has actually had the functionality. This should all change very soon for owners of one of the devices in the Fenix 6 range.
Beta version 9.92 has just been released into the wild for Fenix 6, 6 Pro, 6x Pro, 6s and 6s Pro. This adds on-device sleep calculation via a new Sleep widget.
We’re not sure if this changes the sleep calculation or if everything is done as before. But you do get some new info including a Sleep Score that goes from scale of 1 to 100. The widget also shows the sleep duration (split into Deep, Light, REM, Awake), along with sleep insights.
To view the sleep info on your watch you will need to go to the menu, choose Widgets/Edit/+Add/Sleep. The links to download the firmware update can be found here.
Gamin has also upgraded the user interface slightly for the following widgets: Heart Rate, Training Status, Intensity minutes and Floors climbed. Other changes include a fix for Powerbeats Pro auditorium control, alarm labels translation and more. The new GPS firmware is also included
On-device sleep tracking is a long-overdue update so its good that it has arrived. Or that it will arrive once the software goes from Beta to Public release. Let’s hope the functionality trickles down to the cheaper watches, too.
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