Garmin Changes how apps and sports profiles are accessed
Often when images of new Garmin products are leaked people can get too excited about the new product to actually notice what is shown in the images. Indeed often the featured images for a new product launch are featured for a reason…and that reason usually is because there is some new feature worth showing!
Thus the image above clearly shows that the incoming Garmin Venu 3 treats sports profiles (activities) and apps differently than before.
Preamble: What people refer to as CIQ ‘Apps’ fall in the categories of data fields, widgets and ‘apps’. I’m talking about the latter, the specific ‘app’ which can record an activity by itself.
Here we have a new Garmin feature on Venu 3 that surfaced recently. Currently, newly added apps are usually found at the end of your list of sports profiles, although their order can be changed. It now seems that Garmin has moved apps to a separate tab.
I can see some sense in doing this. If you are a novice user and you’ve just downloaded an app then why on earth would you look for it in the list of sports profiles? That just doesn’t make sense, right?
Now Garmin is saying, “Hey, your new app is in the list of apps”. Which does make sense I suppose.
However, really, how many apps do we all use? I use one or two from time to time and there just aren’t enough to justify a whole new ‘tab’ to list them. Maybe that’s just me and you have hundreds of apps? Let me know below. Maybe instead Garmin has more cunning plans for apps in the future? We shall see in the course of time.
Another thing Garmin could do would be to change the name of ‘CIQ apps’ to ‘CIQ sports’ or something along those lines?
Ray has just posted his insights into the Venu 3 and the APPS section includes Music, Calls, Wallet and more. That actually makes a lot more sense from a usability point of view but are they really apps??
On another point, I’m still waiting for Garmin to let us add an app as a screen in a normal sports profile. I guess typically underpowered Garmin devices don’t have enough techy resources to safely do that but it would be nice. Imagine having the Stryd Workout app as an extra page in your run profile?…that makes a lot of sense to me.
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