The Garmin Fenix 2 can now wirelessly sync with Android devices using Bluetooth
If you happen to be a user of both Garmin and Android devices, you’ve probably noticed a trend forming over the last couple of years. Garmin has been slacking when it comes to making many of their more interesting features work with Android devices, making it require an iOS device to use all of the features present on several of the most recent Garmin devices.
Well as of today, Garmin has taken the first step in correcting that problem. Garmin has pushed out new firmware updates to several of their devices along with a new update to the Garmin Connect Mobile app for Android. The end result, many of Garmin’s products, including the Garmin Fenix 2, can now wirelessly sync data with Android devices. Finally!
The full list of newly supported Garmin devices includes the Fenix, D2, tactix, Fenix2, Approach G7, Approach G8 and GPSMap64. Garmin Connect Mobile support will allow you to use your compatible Android-powered device to upload your activities to the Connect website, share your activities with contacts in real-time using LiveTrack, and download data such as Courses, Workouts and satellite location files to the paired GPS unit. Sadly, we still can’t use Smart Notifications on the Garmin Fenix with Android devices yet. But hopefully that feature will come soon.
I’ve been playing around with the new features using my Garmin Fenix 2 review unit and I’m very happy with how well they are performing so far. A nearly 3-hour long activity transferred over the Bluetooth connection in a matter of seconds and the LiveTrack feature accurately shared all of my movements in real-time.
To start using all of these new features on your supported devices, first plug your Garmin into a PC and launch the Garmin Express program. It will automatically find and install the latest firmware. Next, fire up Google Play and update to the latest version of Garmin Connect Mobile.