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Suunto unleashes Q2 firmware update for its watches

Suunto has announced the Q2 firmware update for its high-end watch lineup. Version 2.35.34 update brings a wealth of new features and improvements to the Suunto Race S, Race, Vertical, and 9 Peak Pro models.

What’s new in the Q2 2024 update?

At the forefront of this update is a substantial boost in battery life during GPS-enabled activities. The Vertical Solar now boasts an impressive 90 hours of GPS use, while the standard Vertical model clocks in at 65 hours. The Race and Race S models see increases to 50 and 31 hours, respectively. Good stuff!

Navigation capabilities have also seen an upgrade. A new climb guidance feature promises to assist users in tackling challenging ascents. And there’s the introduction of a “data tooth” during navigation provides additional information at a glance. Map functionality has been expanded. Zooming is now possible up to 20 kilometres on most models, offering a broader view of the surrounding terrain.

Customization takes center stage with this update. Users can now personalise their experience with three new watch faces and the ability to configure watch face complications. Sport mode-specific display settings allow for tailored data views depending on the activity, and a redesigned pause view and exercise end interface streamline the user experience.

Sleep tracking, an increasingly important feature for health-conscious folks, has been refined. The update introduces sleep quality summaries directly on the watch, and improvements have been made to track sleep for individuals with heart rates below 40 beats per minute more accurately.

Suunto hasn’t forgotten about the aesthetics either. For users of the Race and Race S models, emoji support now includes colors, adding a touch of vibrancy to notifications and messages.

Other notable additions include Vietnamese language support, expanding Suunto’s global reach, and a screen lock feature in watch mode for added security.

The update also brings under-the-hood improvements, including new GNSS and optical heart rate sensor software, enhanced step counter accuracy, and overall speed improvements across the board.

You can read the full change-log on Suunto forums.

Final word

To install the Suunto software update 2.35.34, ensure your watch is charged to at least 50% and connected to the Suunto app on your smartphone. Open the app and navigate to the device settings. If an update is available, you’ll see a notification prompting you to download and install it. This process may take up to 30 minutes, during which time you should not use your watch.

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This software update seems to be more significant that some of the recent refreshes we have seen. All of this comes hot on the heels of the recent Suunto S launch. To remind, this is a smaller and lighter version of the non-S variant unveiled last fall.

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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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