Garmin Announces Upcoming Wearables supporting CIQ System4 | Launching VERY Soon
Garmin has just announced the imminent arrival of new products (plural) that will be able to take advantage of some of the new graphics capabilities of CIQ System 4 with this line:
The APIs are available and the products coming, so now is the time to think about how developers can get their apps ready. (Source: Garmin)
Information has been officially distributed to 3rd party developers explaining some of the new graphics features of CIQ System 4 to enable them to better prepare for the imminent launches of new Garmin sports & fitness watches.
Some of the CIQ Release Details are highly technical and two of the key developments that we will see for screens are the support for new, more efficient file formats and, more importantly, a lot of the graphics processing can now be accomplished separately in a new graphics pool. Graphics should get a whole lot more interesting on a Garmin coming to your wrist real soon.
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It’s perhaps no surprise that this coincides with the launch later this week of the Garmin Venu 2 and Venu 2S and their lovely OLED screens.
What’s In It For Us?
In the very short term not much. The heads-up to developers means that they can already start porting their existing apps over to support the ‘mystery new devices’ (2xVenu FR945LTE?, FR55?) that run CIQ level 4 even if the developers do not yet intend to take advantage of the new graphics capabilities.
Eventually, we may see a Fenix 7/8 Lite with an OLED screen.
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