Major 20.00 Firmware Update Heading to Fenix 6 & Marq Series

Garmin is now releasing a major 20.00 public beta firmware update to its Fenix 6 & Marq series smartwatches. The update brings plenty of new features, support to activities, and HIIT workouts. The HIIT activities have been added in the last firmware, and now they have improved in the latest version. The support has also come to Padel, Pickleball, Tennis, Snowshoe, and biking activity profiles. Further, it has improved & fixed all the existing functions on the watches. Here is the official changelog for the Fenix 6 series & Marq series devices.

  1. Added ability to turn off recording an activity during a golf round.
  2. Added an alert to notify user when battery is critically low during a music sync.
  3. Added HRV Support from chest strap for Yoga and breathwork.
  4. Added pop-up to Pulse Ox Measuring feature if the device detects too much movement and cannot get an accurate measurement.
  5. Added support for new biking activity profiles: eBike, eMTB, Cyclocross, Gravel Bike, Bike Commute, Bike Tour, and Road Bike.
  6. Added support for the HIIT activity profile and workouts.
  7. Added support for the Pickleball profile.
  8. Added support for the Padel profile.
  9. Added support for the snowshoe activity profile.
  10. Added support for the tennis activity profile.
  11. Added new tips to indicate which activities support Incident detection.

Improvements to the existing functions

  1. Improved accuracy of Surf wave count algorithm.
  2. Improved Explore Sync app waypoint load times.
  3. Improved Lactate Threshold and Altitude Acclimation algorithms.
  4. Improved measurement loading UI when taking an SpO2 measurement.
  5. Update the altimeter’s auto calibration to be either be “On” or “Nightly”. Setting to “On” will calibrate at night, activity start, and continuously during activities. Setting to “Nightly” will set the device to only calibrate altitude at night. (Models without DEM maps will not perform continuous calibration during activities)

Fixes for the know issues

Fenix 6 20.00 firmware update
  1. Fixed issue with alarms intermittently not going off when the device is set in Max. Battery Mode.
  2. Fixed display issues on the device after navigating to a point initiated by the Garmin Explore App.
  3. Fixed issue where selecting a single point on a map that contained multiple items would not display the items properly.
  4. Fixed issue that would corrupt open water swim activity files.
  5. Fixed issue where PacePro bands would not be recognized by the device.
  6. Fixed issue with updating aviation data over wifi.
  7. Fixed issue with activities reporting incorrect Activity Calories and Training Effect data.

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