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Amazfit GTR 4 update brings route import & real-time navigation

The latest update for the Amazfit GTR 4 watch has expanded its array of action and adventure features. New functionality includes route import and real-time navigation.

The Amazfit T-Rex 2 has had this since its August update. But it was the only watch from Zepp Health that supported these types of functions until this GTR 4 software refresh.

Unlike the T-Rex 2 which is mainly a device for the outdoorsy types, Amazfit GTR 4 is a more well rounded timepiece. It comes with a sleek design and lots of nice upgrades as compared to its immediate predecessor. This includes better heart rate and GPS accuracy, built-in storage for music, all day SpO2 and a larger display. Plus you still get the comprehensive features of the earlier editions, including excellent battery life. You can read our full hands-on review of GTR 4 on this link.

Update introduces route import and real-time navigation

The latest firmware systems update is 18.8mb in size. It started making its rounds yesterday so, if it hasn’t already, it should arrive to your Amazfit GTR 4 soon.

Basically, if you choose to go hiking or biking, route-import allows you to select a GPS route on a smartphone app (Strava which is good for cycling, MapmyRun for running, Alltrails for hiking/walking, etc.), set points of interest and waypoints and import all this into the GTR 4 to navigate. GPX, TCX or KML route files can all be used. Route-import also supports the option to download directly via a locations QR code.

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The actual steps are as follows:

Importing can be done by Selecting route file > Opening with Zepp App > Saving route > Sending to device.

To select the imported route for navigation in outdoor sports select outdoor sports > Settings > Navigation. Then it’s a matter of choosing my route, selecting the imported route of choice and clicking one more time to use that route.

You can then navigate down unfamiliar territory with the confidence there’s less of a chance you might get lost. The real-time function lets you follow your journey on the GTR 4 display. You can also see the shortest straight line back to the starting point of your journey when you’re in a hurry.

A plethora of activities support the new navigation functions. According to the Zepp Health website, this includes: outdoor running, walking, outdoor cycling, climbing, hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, BMX, outdoor boating, bobsleigh and tobogganing, sledding, ski orienteering, biathlon, race walking, snowshoeing, trail running, orienteering and open water swimming.

Here’s the full change-log of the software update.

  • Add Route Import. Import route files to the watch.

  • Add Route Navigation.

  • Add the function of Back to start point.

  • Add Save Current Location and Location Navigation.

  • Add Wake During Workout. Operation path: Settings > Display > Wake during workout.

  • Add Ejecting Water after swimming.

  • Optimize the Auto Brightness Adjustment.

  • Optimize the UI style of the number picker. – Improve system stability.

This is a screenshot of the update as it appears in the Zepp Health app.

Amazfit GTR 4 update

No sign yet of the Zepp Coach feature which made its debut on the Amazfit Falcon a few weeks ago. There’s a chance this might also arrive via a software update to other devices. The feature offers customised training guidance. Workout recommendations depend on your current fitness level, training history, fatique and more. 

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

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