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Beta Rollouts for older Garmin Watches as they get CIQ System 5
OK I fess up, your old FR305 or FR 910XT are definitely not going to get CIQ5 but the 745, 245(M) and 945 received CIQ System 5 in this week’s round of beta updates. This means CIQ5 (API 4) support will get formally rolled out to those watches within weeks.
Well, back in October 2021 Garmin quietly announced the new capabilities for 2022 which we have recently seen appearing as new features on the Fenix 7, Instinct 2 and Venu 2 Plus. These new features include new watch metrics, new analytics and the ability to have the CIQ store on the watch and to make watch settings on the Connect smartphone app. There are also AMOLED features that will obviously only come to AMOLED watches but, as we saw yesterday with the D2 Air X10, AMOLED is likely to start appearing more widely across Garmin’s range.
Watches as far back as the Fenix 5 Plus can theoretically support CIQ System 5 (API level 3.2) but that doesn’t mean to say that Garmin will invest to deliver that.
It will be interesting to see if any of the CIQ5 features have come to the watches with today’s firmware rather than just the ambiguous ‘support for things to come‘.
What other devices can support Connect IQ System 5, API Level 4?
The support we know for CIQ 5 covers these watches Descent Mk2, Edge 530 to 1030 Plus, Enduro, Fenix 5 Plus onwards, FR 55, FR245/745/945/LTE, MARQ, Vivoactive 4, Venu/SQ and Venu 2. I reckon all those will eventually get CIQ5 with the one least likely to receive it being Fenix 5 Plus.
This link is updated by Garmin (and has been updated today (10Feb): garmin.com
API Level 4 is only listed for Fenix 7, Epix Gen 2, Venu 2 Plus, although the Venu 2 is also listed with the highest API Level of 4.1 (for CIQ System 5). Fenix 6 Pro (only Pro) is listed with the highest 3.X API level of 3.3.0 as a preview for CIQ System 5.
Summary: Watches that will receive CIQ 5 will either have that compatibility specifically stated by Garmin in firmware releases or deduced from having API level support of either 4.1 or 3.3. (Or something like that, it’s confusing)
Again: This link might show what could still come as new features for CIQ5 watches like the 945/745.
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