With a new release for Garmin Connect coming out Thursday, we wanted to thank everyone for their feedback. The transition to Bing Maps was based on the long-term development of Garmin Connect, and we realize that there have been many negative experiences in the process, especially for users in specific areas. The transition was made to focus on long-term growth, sustained stability and accessibility, new features on the roadmap and keeping all of Garmin Connect’s functionality free for all users. Since the transition, we’ve been listening closely to all of the comments and criticism and working with Bing on the most efficient solutions for various issues.
Thursday, from 7-10:30 a.m. Central, we will be rolling out a new release that incorporates terrain view into Bing’s global mapping and introduces birds eye satellite imagery to the activities detail page for enhanced high-resolution zooming in many areas – two topics that have dominated user feedback. We are also sharing comments from around the world with Bing so that they can make any necessary improvements to mapping and satellite coverage.
Additional features that will be introduced in this new release include simple ways to compare your activities (of similar type and distance, such as lunchtime 4-milers, marathons or century rides) and enter notes into your calendar (to comment on a sick day or inclement weather, for example).
Finally, we have accelerated the timeline for future releases, and we are committed to communicating those changes as they happen as well as what customers can anticipate in those releases. Our fitness and outdoor customers are as vocal as they are active, and we welcome that feedback and strive to reach the best solutions available to us. Our goal has always been – and will continue to be – to give Garmin customers and the Garmin Connect the best user experience possible.