Garmin Fenix 7 and Epix 2 owners anxiously waiting for Morning Report need wait no more. It is in Alpha testing from today. In what seems to be a hit back at Apple, the company has also added running power from the wrist.
This software is different as compared to the Beta version which arrives automatically to those registered for the Beta programme. Alpha versions of the software need to be manually downloaded and installed.
Morning Report, Running Power from the wrist and more
The list of changes that come as part of software version 10.33 is quite long. In addition to Fenix 7 and Epix 2, the firmware update can also be installed on Enduro 2 and Quatix 7. They all run on the same software.
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One much anticipated feature comes as part of this package. Most of the new Forerunner 955 functionality has arrived to other Garmin high-end watches in the past couple of months. However, one feature that was missing till now is Morning Report.
It finally comes as part of this Alpha software. To remind, Morning Report is a screen that pops up on your watch when you wake up, helping you prepare for the day. It is customisable with up to ten bits of information. You can choose from Training Readiness, Garmin’s daily training recommendations, Sleep Score, Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Status, Body Battery, Weather, Calendar, Intensity Minutes, Steps and Woman’s Health.
Another interesting feature is wrist based run power support. Apple has introduced this on its latest crop of smartwatches. Garmin has had native run power for the past few months on some watches, but this needs a chest strap or the Running Dynamics Pod in order to function.
Presumably now you’ll be able to choose between that option and tracking run power just with the watch. Which is much more convenient assuming the figures are as good as with an external accessory.
Other goodies that come with version 10.33 include:
- Support for a bunch of activities such as Anchor, Sail, Sail Race, Disc Golf, Backcountry Snowboard.
- Auto-Rest for Ultra Run.
- Golf Scoring settings menu.
- Grade Adjusted Pace data field.
- Nautical units options for Boat, Sail, and Sail Race activities.
- Next Fork data field.
- Support for heart rate chest strap in Yoga/Breathwork/Health Snapshot.
As can be seen from this list, users are also getting the ability to add a Grade Adjusted Pace data field. This has been on many people’s wish lists. Another addition worth a special mention is the Next Fork data field. This is currently only on the Garmin Enduro.
Of course, the update comes with the usual bunch of improvements and fixes. The list of these is quite long. You can check out the full change-log and download the installation files on this link.
It should be reasonable to expect that these changes will make their way to Beta testing in the next few weeks. Which means a final release could land before the end of this year.
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