About 2-3 days back, a notification popped up on my Garmin Connect mobile app screen indicating there’s a beta version of the mobile app and if I’d be interested to try it. Definitely.
For the longest time, I’ve been lamenting on the complexities of navigating Garmin’s Connect mobile app platform. I use the app a lot so if I have difficulty accessing the daily from the weekly views, I’m sure there are a lot more people out there like me. Thus my surprise when the beta version came up for trial.
In summary, these are the new changes:
- HR tab shows heart rate in real time if wrist based HR measurement is turned on
- Tracked stats presented in tabs format
- Tabs can be expanded to show daily or weekly view
- Progress bar on tab and a green tick will appear when daily goal is met
- Summary view of the day
- Summary view of previous day
- Summary view of the previous week
I believe Garmin is still tweaking what works and what doesn’t, thus the opening up of the Beta access.
In all honesty, the new format is easier for navigation and allows simpler access to tracked stats for activity tracking. As to whether this is a step towards revamping the entire app presentation I do not know. Garmin is caught in the middle of catering to those who are starting new to exercise and the elite athletes who’d port their data over to Strava, Training Peaks and so on for more detailed analysis. The current beta will no doubt cater to the former. And I’m waiting to see if the tracked workouts presentation will be improved in the near future.
To try the new beta version of the Garmin Connect mobile app, simply head over to the settings page and you should see “beta access”right at the top. Tap on that and activate it. Be sure to read the terms and conditions to make sure you fully understand what you’re signing up for. This is an uncompleted version of the final app and the final appearance may be drastically different.