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Beta 16.10: Expanding Sleep Coach to Garmin Fenix, Epix & more

Garmin has introduced an early Beta update, a few hours ago, for its elite series of watches. This includes the Fenix 7 and 7 Pro, Fenix 7x and 7x Pro, Fenix 7s and 7s Pro, Epix and Epix Pro 42mm/47mm/51mm, Enduro 2, Quatix 7, and MARQ Gen 2. The rollout marks the start of the Q1 2024 firmware cycle for these watches.

The highlight of the update: Sleep Coach widget glance

The centrepiece of the Q1 firmware refresh is the addition of the Sleep Coach widget glance. This update, follows the integration of the Sleep Coach feature in the 955, 965 and 255 Forerunner models a few days ago. It offers users a sophisticated tool for monitoring and improving sleep quality, essential for overall health and athletic performance.

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Key features of the Sleep Coach include tailored sleep recommendations based on individual activity levels, sleep patterns, and heart rate variability. These are automatically adjusted based on daily physical exertion and long-term activity trends. The nap times that were introduced in the last quarterly update are integrated into the overall sleep analysis.

Garmin Sleep Coach

Additional features in the update

While the Sleep Coach is a significant addition, version 16.10 includes other notable features:

  • Automatic Activity Type Detection: Enhances multisport activities with seamless transition between different activity types.
  • CIQ System7 Integration: Offers advanced connectivity and customization options.
  • New Jump Rope Activity Profile: Tracks jump rope workouts, adding to the diverse range of activity tracking.
  • Quick Flashlight Control: Enables easy access to the flashlight feature with a double-tap of the LIGHT button.
  • Support for Male Audio Prompts: Introduces male voice options for audio prompts during activities.
  • Lost Phone During Activity Feature: Helps locate a misplaced phone while engaged in an activity.
  • Database of 400m Running Tracks: Provides access to a global database of running tracks for precise training.
  • Golf Green View Enhancement: Allows marking the hole location on the green with a double-tap on the screen.

The full change-log can be found on this link.

Installing the early Beta update: A step-by-step guide

Here are the steps you need to take in order to get access to the new software. As this is an early update, there are no guarantees it will work without a hitch.

  1. Enroll in the Public Beta Program: Ensure your device is part of Garmin’s Public Beta program.
  2. Initiate the Update: Navigate to Menu -> System -> Software Update -> Check For Updates on your watch to download the update via Wifi.
  3. Download Additional Files: After installing the v16.10 update, perform a second check for updates to download new Audio Prompt files necessary for the Male audio prompts feature.
  4. Report Bugs: If you encounter issues, report them in the Beta Bug Reports forum on Garmin’s website. The Beta Wiki offers additional support.

The addition of Sleep Coach is great news for owners of Garmin elite series watches. There were questions posed on why their devices are lagging behind the Forerunners in terms of this feature. Users of the Fenix and Epix can now enjoy an enhanced experience with advanced features, improving both their active and restful moments.

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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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