Garmin at its second Connect IQ Developer Summit has announced Connect IQ 3.0 platform for its wearables and other portable devices. Garmin Connect IQ was first launched about three years ago and has reached over 54 million downloads on over eight million compatible devices.
With Connect IQ 3.0 will enable additional features by opening up to third-party developers who can integrate music, podcasts, audiobooks and other content into compatible Garmin devices. In addition, developers will also be able to integrate Garmin’s onboard maps into their applications and work with an expanded notification system.
Among the new apps announced at Connect IQ Developer Summit are MySwimPro will help swimmers take their training to the next level with six, eight, and 12-week personalized training plans; Yelp by Garmin for Edge bike computers is ideal for the casual cyclist looking for a place to ride for lunch and gives users access to Yelp’s extensive point of interest database with routes to each location; Trailforks app allow users to seamlessly download favorite mountain biking routes and trails to their compatible Edge device; and iHeartRadio which lets premium iHeartRadio subscribers sync their playlists to their music-enabled wearable for on-the-go listening, no phone required. Finally, GU Data Field 2.0 allows you to prepare for marathons and half marathons taking into account the effort of the athlete.
Not just software, but the company also announced new Edge 520 Plus GPS and Edge 130 at the Developer Summit.
Garmin Edge 130 is a “tough” Bike Computer with a 1.8-inch display. It uses a mix of GPS, GLONASS, Galileo satellites and an altimeter to offer a complete view of the route that the user will have to face before departure. Edge 130 is already listed on Amazon with a price tag of $199.99 for unit only, while $249.99 for the mountain bike, and speed and cadence bundles.
Garmin Edge 520 Plus, on the other hand, offers the preloaded Garmin Cycle Maps that provide guidance and warnings on rough terrain. It also allows riders to send predefined messages to other riders who have compatible devices. The Garmin Edge 520 Plus will be available from May this year at a starting price of $279.99.
Finally, Garmin also announced the Varia RTL510 rear-view Radar, which is particularly suited to the safety of cyclists and motorcyclists. Garmin Varia RTL510 radar is also listed on Amazon with a starting price of $199.99 for unit only and $299.99 for cycling radar tail light bundle.