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Garmin announces mapping improvements for flagship smartwatches

Garmin's Outdoors Maps+ service has now reached Europe for the Fenix 7 series and its peers. (Image source: Garmin)
Garmin's Outdoors Maps+ service has now reached Europe for the Fenix 7 series and its peers. (Image source: Garmin)
Garmin has expanded a recent mapping feature for many of its flagship smartwatches. Previously limited to the US, the paid feature can now be used across Europe, as well as 'all 50 U.S. states and Canada'.

Earlier this month, Garmin pushed Beta Version 17.12 to the Fenix 7 series, as well as Epix 2, Epix 2 Pro, Enduro 2, Quatix 7 and Marq 2 smartwatches. For reference, that software update has not reached stable status yet. Instead, Fenix 7 series smartwatches running stable builds remain on Software Version 16.22, which arrived in mid-March.

Nonetheless, Garmin has now announced improvements that will benefit multiple smartwatch series, regardless of which software distribution channel upon which they have been enrolled. In a press release, the company explains that it has expanded Outdoors Maps+, a $49.99 annual service that debuted just over a year ago. In summary, Outdoors Maps+ adds the following features atop of Garmin's standard mapping software:

  • Satellite Imagery: See a high-resolution perspective from above with photorealistic maps that download directly to compatible devices, available worldwide.
  • Night Lights: Find the best locations away from light pollution for stargazing, camping or just getting away, available worldwide.
  • HD Relief Shading: Utilize improved mapping detail with shading that helps visually depict elevation changes and terrain features in all 50 U.S. states and many European countries.
  • 2D Buildings: Specific to European countries, view a map layer with an area footprint of buildings, which can be toggled on or off at the user’s discretion.

Previously, Garmin limited Outdoors Maps+ to the US. However, the service is now available in Europe, along with 'all 50 U.S. states and Canada'. Based on Garmin's product page, Outdoors Maps+ provides global coverage for its Satellite Imagery and Night Lights functionality. Conversely, it only provides HD Relief Shading across the US and select European countries. Please see Garmin's Outdoor Maps+ product page for full coverage and compatible device details.  

(Image source: Garmin)
(Image source: Garmin)


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Alex Alderson, 2024-04-17 (Update: 2024-04-17)