The race begins for the best premium watches after the launching of the Garmin Fenix 7 series and Epix Gen 2. Garmin announced both models this week, featuring top-of-the-line hardware and cutting-edge software. The Garmin doesn’t talk too much about the new watches but specification-wise, both are categorized in the high-end segment. The new HIIT 2.0 workout profiles, Health Snapshot, Real-Time Stamina & improved VO2 Max are all part of the new wearables. Apart from that, the best apps are available in the Connect IQ to fill the remaining gap.
The Garmin App Store doesn’t get much time to flourish compared to Apple Watch Store & Wear OS Play Store. Despite the fact not many developers are part of Garmin groups, there are several critical apps available to download. In most of the sections, it is easy to discover Garmin-developed apps and in the common area, there are plenty of options to dig out. This guide is to assist you to locate such apps that are essential to use and complete your Fenix 7, Fenix 7 Solar, Fenix 7s, Fenix 7x & Epix Gen 2.
The first essential app is from the health category. The Dexcom app guides type 1 & type 2 diabetic users to keep a close look at their real-time blood glucose levels. In 2021, Garmin launched Dexcom app for Fenix 6 series watches with compatible Dexcom devices. Now, almost all Garmin watches use it including Fenix 7 & Epix Gen 2. In your daily workout, it will tell you the trend of the real-time data with three hours history. The app supports with compatible Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor (GCM).
2. Wikiloc Trails
As the purpose discloses in the app name, it allows you to make trails of your outdoor trekkings. The trails are important to trackback your journey in unknown or remote places. Sometimes it is better to leave signs behind, so others can use them or vice versa. In remote areas, you can find nearby places, hotels, restaurants, and other bits of help. You can use it country-wise or by famous places. With its premium content, you can unlock more amazing features. You need a companion app on the paired smartphone.
Download: Wikiloc Trails
Probably the best watch face for your Garmin smartwatch with almost all the info on the main screen. The app store has thousands of Garmin-made and third-party watch faces, but this dial can beat all of them. The Hexacurve has been downloaded by over a million users with above 4-star ratings. It displays battery level, heart rate, current weather information, walked steps & distance, burned calories, blood oxygen level, and other basic details. It comes with different colors and complications to choose from.
We would have listed other music apps or critical apps, but at this moment not many apps support new watches. The Spotify app is not bad on Garmin, but its love is more on Wear OS, Tizen OS & WatchOS. Slowly, Spotify is catching up with other platforms with better performance and other aspects. It is still necessary for you to subscribe to the premium model to use it on Garmin watches. As you know, it has one of the biggest libraries of music songs, podcasts, and other tunes.
In the outdoor activities, mountain climbing, trekking, and other trips, Komoot is the best digital friend you will ever get. With its accurate route plans, you can always find a way in remote areas. Just tell a name, and it will give you a bunch of options with locations, new routes, route backs, online friends & contacts. Most of its services come with paid subscriptions, but there are many options available in free plans. It needs a companion app on the Android or Apple smartphone to support the smartwatch.
The list will not end here. I will add more apps to the list, once more apps start supporting the new Fenix 7 series and Epix Gen 2 smartwatches.