Garmin Connect Mobile gets social in latest update for Windows 10

Earlier this morning, Garmin announced some new features headed to the Store for their companion Connect Mobile app to be used for their immense assortment of fitness trackers. That update is now live in the Store for iOS, Android, and Windows 10.

Here is what is new in 1.6.2 for Windows 10 and Mobile.

  • Improved Charts: After you're done running or biking, click any of your activity detail charts (including pace, elevation, heart rate and cadence) from the activity detail screen. You can now double tap or pinch to zoom in or out. And, if you use 2 fingers and touch 2 places on the chart, you can see the difference in the 2 points you selected…We also added new graphs to see your time in zones, the number of minutes and percentage of time spent in each of your heart rate zones and power zones.
  • Connect with more friends: With Garmin Connect Mobile, you can now search for connections from Facebook, Google or your phone contacts. From the "More" menu, go to the Connections option. You will now see "Find Friends" at the top of the page. Connect your account to Facebook or Google and start finding your friends.
  • Group challenges: Now that you've found your friends, you can create private groups to compete against or challenge each other. Choose from 6 different challenge types: steps, walking, running, cycling, swimming or calories. You pick the duration: a week, a month, or customize it to your liking. Use Garmin Connect Mobile to track your ranking on the leaderboard or challenge.

I just checked out our update, and sure enough, we found those new features all here. Indeed, I didn't even notice the Office 365 integration for Calendar support (select accounts.)

Garmin has been on the ball ever since they released their Windows 10 and Mobile apps six months ago. If you're looking for one of the most well-regarded fitness trackers and heart rate monitors on the market, you may want to give them consideration.

I reviewed Garmin Connect Mobile back in March and used my Forerunner 235 on occasion for extended runs, but Garmin has many other low-cost fitness solutions as well.

Anyone else using Garmin and Windows 10? Share your experience in comments.

Download Garmin Connect Mobile from the Wndows Store


Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.