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Garmin brings improved device management to Fenix 6 series and other older smartwatches via new beta update

Beta Version 26.82 is now available on the Fenix 6 series with a few changes from its predecessor. (Image source: Garmin)
Beta Version 26.82 is now available on the Fenix 6 series with a few changes from its predecessor. (Image source: Garmin)
Beta Version 26.82 is now available to download for the Fenix 6 series, as well as across Enduro, Tactix Delta, Quatix 6 and Marq smartwatches. The new beta update brings a few changes to eligible smartwatches, including the option of checking for new updates via Bluetooth.

Garmin has brought another minor update to the Fenix 6 series, which is also available on Enduro, Tactix Delta, Quatix 6 and Marq smartwatches. To recap, the company issued Beta Version 26.81 about two weeks ago with a new Ski activity feature. By contrast, it successor introduces more changes to eligible smartwatches, although only one can be considered a new feature of sorts.

In a forum post, Garmin explains that Beta Version 26.82 removes a limitation that existed previously for the number of points that a Fenix 6 and its peers would allow in a course. Additionally, this week's update resolves an issue that could occur when pairing a smartwatch with CT10 golf club types. Moreover, Garmin has added a message when a software backup is attempted from an incompatible source.

Also, Beta Version 26.82 adds the ability to check for software updates via Bluetooth. However, Garmin has not revealed how this actually works. Regardless, Beta Version 26.82 features the following changes from the Fenix 6 series' last stable update, v26.00:

  • Added Device Settings Backup and Restore.
  • Added manual SW updates using Wi-Fi to the settings menu (Pro models only).
  • Added CIQ App Rating to all CIQ Types (no longer restricted to "Apps" only).
  • Improved quality of randomness of music shuffling (Pro models only).
  • Fixed an issue with alarm tones not activating when an activity is set to max battery.
  • Fixed an issue where some Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, and Greek text would not display properly.
  • Fixed an issue where the Indoor Bike Activity would default to the first set of data fields.
  • Fixed potential issue where the "Safety Features Enabled" notification would continually be displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where devices would not play a tone nor vibrate after acquiring GPS in an activity.
  • Added tracking of splits for Ski.
  • Added the ability to check for software updates via Bluetooth.
  • Updated software backup to display a message when backup is from an incompatible source.
  • Removed the limitation on the number of points allowed in a course.
  • Fixed an issue when pairing to new CT10 golf club types.

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Alex Alderson, 2023-11- 9 (Update: 2023-11- 9)