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Garmin Fenix 5 devices receive Galileo update

At the start of this week, Garmin released the Fenix 5 Plus line up with one of the headlines features being Galileo support which many users are hoping will improve GPS tracking. Now Garmin has updated the previous generation Fenix 5 models with Galileo support via a firmware update.

Whilst the firmware update for the Fenix 5 series now, it is currently only in a beta version, but the good news is that its a public beta and available now, so you don’t need to upgrade to the Fenix 5 Plus to get Galileo support.

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Whilst Garmin has included Galileo support for the Fenix 5 series, they have also addressed a number of other fixes and improvements.

  • Added GPS + GALILEO support (Activity Settings > GPS). (Requires GPS version 2.20)
  • Added abnormal heart rate alerts. Enable these in Heart Rate widget > Heart Rate options > Abnormal HR alert. An abnormal heart rate will be detected if your heart rate exceeds the entered threshold for an extended period of time while sedentary.
  • Fixed a bug causing Cadence values to be ‘stuck’ when not pedalling instead of returning to 0.
  • Fixed a crash seen when viewing SwimRun activities.
  • Fixed a crash sometimes encountered when selecting apps.
  • Fixed a bug causing some activities performed on multiple devices to be double-counted when viewing Training Load on Physio TrueUp devices.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause normal activities to be ‘rated’ like Garmin Coach workouts and appear when viewing the Garmin Coach widget.
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The other feature added is abnormal heart rate alerts like you would find on an Apple Watch. The feature will alert the wearer if an abnormal heart rate is detected above a certain threshold whilst you are sedentary.

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How to get Galileo support on the Fenix 5

Good news, you can download the firmware from the Garmin beta page and then follow the instructions to install the fireward to enable Galileo support along with Abnormal HR alert.


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Jon Ratcliffe
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