Today, we are excited to announce a new software update available for both the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm Series and our newest series of chartplotters and combination units that provides expanded GCV 10 compatibility, further networked sonar capabilities, Garmin Helm for Android devices and more.
This update provides the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm Series the ability to utilize the Garmin GCV 10 sonar black box. Coastal anglers will now have the opportunity to benefit from DownVü and SideVü, the clearest scanning sonar of fish returns and structure available on the market today. Additionally, the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm Series will now allow multiple sonar black boxes to exist on the same system. This capability provides easily networked sonar and the ability to switch between GSD 26 CHIRP sonar and GCV 10 scanning sonar.
Internal sonar sharing is another valuable feature that is available. With this capability, chartplotters can share sonar internally to any other devices within the same network. Non‑sonar devices can also display compatible sonar shared across the network. Compatible units include the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series, new GPSMAP xs and non-xs series and the echoMAP 70.
Garmin Helm, the mobile app that allows you to view and control your multi-function chartplotters from the convenience of your mobile device, is now available for Android devices. From the expanded support for Garmin Helm, Android users can now benefit from the same user-friendliness and simplicity that they have come to expect from Garmin marine devices and applications as a result of this software update.
Other feature enhancements include Meteor 300 support for the GPSMAP 800xs and 1000xs series chartplotters, improved sailing gauges that provide a wind gauge, heading gauge and user specified data bars for the entire echoMAP series and new GPSMAP series and improved sonar source selection and custom sonar overlays.
The software update is available now for free from our website. To download, visit http://bit.ly/1hA989L.
Garmin Helm is a free application available from Google Play (requires Android 4.3+). In order for the Android device to establish a connection with any GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series devices, the Garmin Marine Wi-Fi Adapter (sold separately) is needed.