Yesterday was a busy day with my Garmin, I spent an unusual amount of time with the Fenix 6X connected to my computer – that happened because I noticed a big map update for Europe and I waited 50 minutes for those GB of data to be downloaded and installed on my watch.
Later in the day, I noticed on Garmin forums (thanks Garmin for having those active!) a new beta firmware was released for Fenix 6 (version 9.92) and when the change log mentioned new sleep widget and on-watch sleep calculation, I couldn’t help it but install it on my watch.
Since the installed widget last night said it had no data to show (obviously), when I wake up I looked at the data and to my pleasant surprise it looks like a step in the direction I was long expected – a scoring for sleep and some insights of what the sleep session brings to you. I couldn’t judge the values or the split of sleep phases because I can’t compare those with other devices, but at least structurally this is what I was expecting from Garmin since I compared its sleep analysis with Polar’s. At that moment, I was saying that Polar is by far superior in terms of accuracy and details provided. My analysis is available here. With this recent move, Garmin is trying to close the gap – we will see how it goes, but it looks promissing.
The widget displays at a glance the sleep duration and score (presumably in a scale of 1 to 100).
For now, the data seems to be only available on the watch in that representation, but I would expect this to be followed by some updates on the mobile and web Connect apps.
This recent firmware beta also brought some other changes (GPS 4.40, Sensor Hub 7.04) and some widget updates – the geek in me always appreciated the fact that Garmin is keeping us busy with regular beta updates, even though those bring sometimes regression bugs – at least you feel that the company is doing something (unlike Polar who is less transparent with the new features roadmap).
Enjoy your weekend (sleep) and happy running!