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For Sale: Watteam, Cycling Power Meter Company

WatTeam has suspended production and is looking for strategic partners. The text says that outstanding orders are ‘witheld’, which I would assume means there is no money back option at this stage – perhaps someone could clarify if they have received other communications? PowerBeat is good tech. Someone will buy the company. edit: DCR add…

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Spotify – Coming to Apple Watch

Spotify are close to releasing on Apple Watch but just currently testing basic playback functionality. This follows on from recent proper releases of Spotify on Garmin CIQ and WearOS. Clearly Spotify are placing themselves VERY well for global domination.   Garmin adds Spotify to Forerunner 645M   Spotify for WearOS – Announced     Source:…

Garmin Q1-Q3.2018 Strong Growth Figures

After recent financial results from Amer/Suunto and Shimano we have just seen Garmin Q3 results and they are strong in both OUTDOORS (Fenix) and Fitness (VivoXXXX). See below. The double-digit growth figures with slightly increased margins are very impressive. Shares rose 2% today, although so did the NASDAQ. So I’d imagine that these results are…

Amer Sports (Suunto) – Financials for Q1-Q3

Amer Sports has just released Q1-Q3 financials. Amer’s brands are; Salomon, Arc’teryx, Peak Performance, Atomic, Mavic, ENVE, Suunto, Wilson and Precor. Source: amersports   Net sales totalled EUR 757.2 million for Q3. In local currencies, net sales increased by 9%. Organic growth was 3% For the YTD (Q1-Q3) the sales picture was similar Earnings (excl…

new MOTIV Ring – Major Firmware Update & Colours

The MOTIV Ring, which I am about to add to the review list, has just announced a major new firmware upgrade in addition to some new colours. MOTIV Ring vs Oura Ring – These are the two main activity/sleep trackers that come in a ring format. Both do what they set out to well. However…

Garmin 935 STRYD

STRYD Gets an Update (FW 1.18)

STRYD’s running footpod has just got an update. These will be minor feature updates to most people     The updates include: Bluetooth watches will ‘instantly’ show power eg Apple Watch, Polar Vantage, Polar V800, Suunto 9, Suunto Spartans Bluetooth watches will stay connected during apparent inactivity or low-level inactivity. Nuanced charging that will extend…

200m Garmins and a Good Year For Shimano

With corporate headquarters in Switzerland, Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN) have just announced that they have sold their 200 millionth GPS device. That includes car, marine and aviation devices as well as sports devices. Source: businesswire It took Garmin 6 years to sell their last 100 million devices. The first 100 million took 23 years ie from their…

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SunGod Revolts – Pre-order for Winter 2018/19

Winter 2017/18 SunGod Revolts sold out some time ago. Sungod Revolts are now available on pre-order for your Winter 2018/19 snowboarding and skiing exploits. Despatch starts in early-mid November2018 There’s a lifetime guarantee. You have great lenses and are buying directly from the manufacturer. Other features: No goggle gap to just about all helmets Lightweight,…

Spotify for WearOS – Announced

Spotify has just announced it will now support Google WearOS 2.0 devices. That means the Polar M600 amongst others (I updated to WearOS 2 yesterday by coincidence) Details and download here: link to Google Play Store In November all new Fossil Gen 4 devices will come with Spotify pre-installed. This follows Garmin’s recent announcement for…

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Huawei Watch GT Specifications – More detailed leaks

Huawei Watch GT The sport and classic models look cool and look set to arrive very soon at Eu230 Specification Highlights Bezel/body is ceramic and steel AMOLED screen is 1.39″, and a good 454x454px resolution Weight 46g – super light Just over 1cm thick GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU / GALILEO   oHR Array   The oHR…

Montblanc £935 Sports Watch – Who needs a cheap Garmin?

OK OK, I exaggerated. This new sports watch is not £935, one variant is actually £1045 (gulp) and, admittedly, there is a ‘cheaper’ version coming in at £845. Decisions…decisions. This is a new series of smart/fitness watches from Montblanc. You know them? The power meter people? Oh, no, I was getting confused with pens. Good…

RunScribe – Apple Watch

The RunScribe app for WatchOS is just about ready to hit iTunes. We should see it released on 1 November according to RunScribe founder Tim. And what’s the price of that app…err. Nothing, of course. You just need a pair of the RunScribe Plus pods. RunScribe is a pretty accurate running pod for pace and…

LEAK: Huawei Watch GT – Firstbeat Goodies

The Huawei Watch GT will be announced ‘soon’.   Yesterday brought some interesting changes to the Huawei Health app on Android. These changes show new Firstbeat features that don’t seem to be able to work with any existing Huawei device. Hmmm. Strange.   What could that possibly mean 😉 The Huawei Health app shows that…

Suunto – For Sale (as part of Amer Sports)

It looks like Suunto is up for sale. More specifically ANTA Sportswear Products & FountainVest, both of China, have expressed an interest to buy at least part of the parent company AMER SPORTS. Source: NADAQ Helsinki.   An offer of Eur40/share seems to be on the table. That is a notable premium above the current…

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M Review

Polar Vantage Roadmap

Here is the roadmap for future updates on the Polar Vantage series More info on existing functionality: here (link to: the5krunner.com) Version 1.X Sales Release Oct 2018: Applies to V&M To be implemented for the Sales Release Automatic pause Phased training targets Version 2.0: Applies to V & M (Dec 2018) Stopwatch Countdown timer Interval…

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Polar Flow app – iOS Vantage M/V support now live

Today’s ‘little’ release of the iOS version of Polar Flow just fixes a minor crash. Or does it?   Here are the details if  you want a look: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/polar-flow/id717172678?mt=8 But ! v3.7.9 is now the LIVE version as far as the Polar Vantage M/V is concerned. ie there is no iOS beta of FLOW for…

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M Review

Polar Vantage V, Polar Vantage M – Colours

This is the Polar Vantage M. The looks are very similar to the more expensive V model. Colours are basic and only offered in 3 and I understand that the RED colour is only available directly from Polar. That’s my last favourite of the three. Polar thought that there is a wider desire to customise…