Today is a big day where a lot of key components come together for the next wave of Connect IQ features.
First, Connect IQ 1.2 is now in production so your amazing apps that leverage the new features in Connect IQ 1.2 can now be downloaded to a device. We have 3 new Connect IQ watches with the new Forerunner family of watches. We also have a brand new redesigned Garmin Connect Mobile application.
Just wanted to let you know about a couple updates we have recently added to the Connect IQ Store.
New Badge - New apps will now have a New Badge for the first 14 days they are in the store. We added this to give more visibility to the new apps in the store as a user browses around. This badge will be shown on both the lists and detail page views.
Minimum SDK check - We are continuously working to provide new features and improvements to the developer tools available in the SDK. To make sure uploaded apps have the latest and greatest version of the SDK we have added an SDK Version check to the process. This will make sure that your app is able to take advantage of these improvements.
If you have questions on either of these please post them to the forum.
You know what else is amazing?? In June we announced that we reached the 1 Million downloads threshold, which was very exciting to us! We continue to be amazed at the growth we are seeing in this platform because to get to 1 Million it took about 6 months but over July there were already 600,000 more downloads! Amazing!
This is a testament to the value and innovation that you our developer community is bringing to this platform.
Thank you for all you do and we look forward to seeing what’s next!
We are pleased to announce the release of Map Product Creator v11! We’ve added many great features but here a few of the biggies:
• Added support for the InstaSearch feature.
• Added support for Address Search Greyout side files.
• Added support for Garmin Real Directions™. This includes support for Traffic Light, Traffic Sign, and Natural Guidance driving restrictions.
• Added support for building Unicode maps.
And if you still have lingering questions about MPC and what it’s about, check out the MPC program overview. Learn about what type of maps you can create, security features we have in place, and how you can request a free trial of MPC.
Supporting the various unique and interesting requests of the action camera community is important to Garmin, and we are pleased to announce an API publication for wireless interaction with the VIRB X and VIRB XE action cameras! The VIRB Network Services API allows developers to build a direct connection to one or more cameras into applications on all kinds of Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Having access to the camera allows an application to create seamless interactions with the camera and harness the streams of video, photo and data to meet all kinds of unique needs.
VIRB XE cameras are discoverable through the API, allowing an application to see and connect to multiple cameras simultaneously. Monitoring and configuring the status of the connected camera(s) is possible and also allows direct control of the camera(s). Setting a camera configuration, controlling multiple cameras at one time, and more are available. Real-Time monitoring of the video and audio streams in both preview and record modes is possible, along with full file browsing and transfer after the recording is finished or photos are captured.
Building a multi-camera viewer, automated transfer tool or scripts to control legions of cameras are all possible using this new API. We can’t wait to see what you do with it - build something with us!
Today, we are launching two new features in the Connect IQ app store that will directly benefit both our developers and Connect IQ users!
New and Updated Apps: This new section will have the newest and latest apps on the store. Users will be able to find these new and updated apps on both the Connect IQ Store home page and as a section on the device pages (ex. fenix 3). This should make it much easier for people to find the latest and greatest apps in the store!
Developer Statistics: Developers will now be able to see downloads graphed across the past 10 days, weeks, and months. When logged into the store you should have it available next to your reviews. This should provide you with a much better view into how your app is performing.
These new features in the store are just some of the ways we are always looking to improve the developer and users experience around Connect IQ. We hope you like them.
We now have over 300 watches faces in the Connect IQ store and they have been downloaded over 550,000 times!! These watch faces have become a favorite among the Connect IQ devices owners as you can see on Instagram #ConnectIQ
Far and above the favorite watch so far has been the ActiFace Blue from Koulik downloaded close to 50,000 times.
Connect IQ watch faces are always on and visible, that way these watches always look like watches on your wrist even in the bright sunlight. Other smart watches turn the face off when not in use leaving them looking like a lifeless devices strapped to your wrist. This is a big differentiator for our watches because even with them on all the time users still get the weeks of battery life they love and expect from Garmin devices.
We are excited to announce that there have been over 1 million downloads of Connect IQ apps!! We cannot believe how fast we have gotten to this milestone and would not be here without you, our Connect IQ developer community. You are cranking out incredible apps for these Garmin devices, and our users love it, as you can see posts like these #ConnectIQ.
We’re just getting started with Connect IQ. As Connect IQ devices enable more and more active lifestyles, your apps will continue to give these users amazing ways to customize their devices to fit their specific lifestyles.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, and congrats for your help in making the Connect IQ platform such a success.
Our goal with Connect IQ™ is to make it easy for developers to target multiple Garmin devices, and at the same time give developers the choice of not supporting a product they don’t want to. The goal is to give us the flexibility to create purpose driven products, where we may make changes for the use case, while not requiring our developers to adapt to every one of these changes. There are a number of challenges with this system. For example, what if we create a product like the D2™ Bravo, which from the Connect IQ perspective is exactly the same as the fēnix® 3? We can’t tell developers about the product before launch, but developers will have to manually rebuild and re-upload their apps to the app store to add support for it. Assuming it takes 10 minutes and a 16 oz. soda to generate an app update, updating all the fēnix® 3 apps would require two and a half days and 66240 calories to move all the apps to D2™ Bravo. That would require a lot of steps to burn off.
Here at Monkey C headquarters, we love to give our developers candy. Candy, candy, candy! We wish we could give everyone candy every day, but sadly it takes us time to make the candy. It also takes us time to make sure the candy doesn’t leave a bad taste. The best way to make sure the candy we give you is delicious is to be open about when we are sending the candy, and what you can expect. [Editors Note: Garmin is a health and wellness company and would like to say that the Connect IQ team provides “Refreshing, healthy, low calorie vegetable smoothies” to its developers, not candy as previously inferred.]
Our team was interested in seeing how we could combine some APIs together to push the boundaries of the SDK. With the single instruction of “make a watch app that uses a companion app” from our fearless Alpha Monkey we decided to set out writing a disc golf sample.
The basic idea was to use an Android app to create a course on a phone, send it to the watch via the Connect IQ companion SDK, score the course on the watch and then send the completed scorecard back to the phone. This would provide us a great way to get a more comprehensive look at the SDK and, of course, document what we found useful along the way. Without further ado, here are some of the key findings we made.
Want to use our fitness and wellness devices — and user data — in your wellness program, but don’t have the resources to do the integration yourself? No problem. We partner with Validic to quickly and easily integrate our devices into wellness programs. More than 40 of our partners have had success with Validic’s industry leading digital health platform.
Validic’s sole focus is to help organizations manage a world of mobile health data with one easy connection. In fact, Validic was recognized by Frost and Sullivan as delivering best value in healthcare information interoperability. By delivering standardized, complete, secure, and actionable data, Validic helps its clients provide better insights into treatment plans and programs, monitor engagement behavior, incentivize improved outcomes, and better financial management of populations. Validic enables clients to focus on achieving their digital health strategic initiatives, not on doing integrations. For more information on Validic, please visit validic.com or contact our developer team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The vívo family of products continue to be extremely well received, creating strong demand for our Wellness API. We are now working with more than 100 partners in varying markets from corporate, healthcare, and — believe it or not — the trucking industry!
In conjunction with the launch of new products at CES, we’re super excited to partner with companies that each show valuable new use cases for our wearable devices. The apps from these partners take the Connect IQ platform to new and exciting places.
Today, we’re launching the official version of the Connect IQ SDK. It’s no longer a preview, ladies and gentlemen. It’s Connect IQ 1.0.0 Aikido Monkey. Here’s what’s new in this version:
• Simulators and device support for new compatible devices.
• Access to device settings, such as time format (12-hour vs. 24-hour) and metric vs. statute.
• Support for gestured watch faces. Previously, watch faces had been limited to updating once a minute. Now, watch faces can enable timers when you gesture that you’re looking at the watch.
• Ability to generate apps for the Connect IQ Store using the Package tool.
We’ve been working on it for months, and now it’s (halfway) ready. The Connect IQ Store at apps.garmin.com is finally open for widgets and data fields. That means that users can now get all the wonderful widgets and data fields that you’ve built.
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