Smartwatches are usually marketed in a couple of different ways. There are smartwatches that are created for those who just want a wearable to receive their notifications on, and then there are those that are designed for outdoor or fitness enthusiasts. However, it seems that Garmin believes that there could be another market segment – gamers.
Over the weekend, it seems that Garmin’s services were disrupted as users were experiencing connectivity issues. It was speculated at that time that it could be due to a cyber attack, and now Garmin has shared additional information about what happened while confirming that they were indeed a victim of an external cyber attack.
While many might now associate Garmin with fitness trackers and smartwatches, back in the day, Garmin was probably best known for their navigation systems. It looks like the company is revisiting its roots, although in this particular case, it won’t be a navigation system that you might be able to buy.
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At IFA 2019, Garmin unveiled new smartwatches like the Garmin Venu GPS smartwatch. However, if you wanted something a little more superhero-y, you’re in luck because in addition to the smartwatches announced at IFA, Garmin has also taken the wraps off the Legacy Hero series of smartwatches.
Garmin unveiled Venu, its GPS smartwatch featuring an AMOLED screen that delivers up to 5 days of battery life. Since AMOLED technology uses less energy when the display background is black, it made sense for the smartwatch maker to create such a product.
There are plenty of smartwatches that exist in the market right now, but in case you’re after a smartwatch that has been designed for outdoor use like trekking and hiking, Garmin is probably best known for that where the company’s smartwatches have typically been favored by fitness and outdoor enthusiasts.
We’ve seen how some companies have attempted to create luxury smartwatches, such as Apple who made Apple Watches out of gold and ceramic to try and appeal to customers who didn’t mind paying extra for the luxury. It didn’t quite work out for Apple, but Garmin seems to be willing to give it a shot.
Garmin launched its music-focused VivoActive 3 fitness watch last year. It didn’t have support for Spotify, though, which is the world’s most popular music streaming service. That might have prevented some customers from picking up this device. Not anymore. It has been confirmed that Spotify is finally available on the Garmin VivoActive 3 fitness watch.
Back in 2018, Garmin launched the Vivoactive 3 Music smartwatch. For the most part this is a smartwatch that comes with a host of features you might expect from a smartwatch, but recently it seems that Garmin and Verizon have teamed up to launch an LTE version of the smartwatch that will make it more independent.
Smartwatches these days for the most part are seen as fashion devices. Sure they do come with various health and fitness tracking capabilities, but a lot of them have been designed so that they can be used for day-to-day wear like at the office or when going out with friends without it looking like you’re headed to the gym.
Exercising while listening to music is a great way to get in the zone and to tune out any distractions around you. For fitness enthusiasts who rely on Garmin’s smartwatches to keep track of their activity, you’ll be pleased to learn that Garmin has since announced that they’ll be integrating Spotify into some of its smartwatches.
Fitness trackers are great if you’re looking for a way to track your fitness activities. They can be used by people of all ages, although admittedly giving an Apple Watch to a kid might not be the best idea as they might damage it. However if you’d still like to equip your child with a fitness tracker, Garmin might have something for you.
Garmin today announced a new activity tracker at IFA 2018 called the vivosmart 4. It does what you would normally expect from an activity tracker, and then some. The device has a wrist-based pulse OX sense which enables it to allow users to keep an eye on their blood oxygen saturation levels.