No more problems with GCM on Windows 10 Mobile

Yes, you read that right. I don't have any more problems with GCM on Windows 10 Mobile. None at all ! :p

Of course, that is because I broke my Lumia 650 screen, and it looks like it will either cost me too much to fix, or most likely I will fix it myself with a cheap Chinese screen, already ordered. But I won't be using it again once I have recovered all the data from it. I am converting to Android.

I'm currently using a borrowed Samsung S5 Android phone and GCM is working beautifully on it. Sure, sync sometimes fails. But quickly recovers with a second try. I can enter weights into GCM, something that never worked in the W10M version because I could never sync anything from the W10M to Garmin Connect. I can view the results of my activities in GCM on Android.

I've used GCM quite a bit today and Android is reporting that it is only using 4% of the total battery usage. Less than the screen and the same as Google Services. So that looks good.


I bought the Lumia 650 last year because my old iPhone wouldn't support the Microsoft Band 2 App. The Band died in July this year and I bought the Garmin Vivoactive HR as a replacement, in part because GCM worked on Windows 10 Mobile. But my time with Windows 10 Mobile was really only an experiment anyway. I wanted to try it before W10M died altogether, and I guess I have now achieved that. The Lumia 650 was a very cheap smartphone and worked really well for the price. But they aren't very strong, do twist and distort if you aren't careful, and the internal screen cracks easily making the phone useless.

So all you holdouts still on Windows 10 Mobile; Give it up. It is a bad joke. Microsoft should be ashamed of themselves for letting it drag on so long. But they excited with minimum cost to themselves, and maximum disruption to their customers instead. They can't even fix my Lumia! They have outsourced services for it, and the service company outsources to a repair company that just closed business. I had the same trouble with the Band; No support personnel so Surface people handled it, no parts for repair, no stock for a replacement. I got a full refund after a year instead. The Lumia is still under warranty, but I do not expect them to fix it, as they don't seem to have fixed anyone else's cracked screens, even when the user was not at fault.

Microsoft doesn't have your interests as a priority, so don't return the favour by being loyal. I will now be buying an Android tablet instead of a Surface tablet, and I will start thinking about Linux as an alternative to Windows in the future. Bye bye Microsoft, if I can, and as soon as possible.
  • Hi,

    I have taken the same step as you did, as now also MS stated that W10M is dead. My Fenix5 now is working very nice and has features I even did not know about :)

    Still I am missing the old OS, as Android is a catastrophe UI wise...

    Bye
  • Yeah I tried W10M for the very reason that it is a good OS with a good UI. Microsoft just let us down badly.

    It takes a while to get used to Android, but it isn't so bad once you get to know it. Android Version 8, Oreo, adds some nice stuff and improves some areas. But I am still getting used to it, and still haven't decided which Email, Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks Apps to use, as they just aren't as integrated as in W10M. I think I am going to have to go all in with Google Apps and services to get the best out of Android.

    Good luck in your journey!
  • I'm on Android now as well, and my VAHR is now flawless. Instant notifications, dismiss works, and most importantly I've yet to see a failed sync attempt. Good riddance W10M.
  • [FONT=Times New Roman]Me the same. After one year of anger, frustration about the sync issuses i decided to change to Andriod after I read that W10 mobile get no further development. I really like W10M very much, I like the style and the simple user interface, but the neverending problems with my VAHR really became to arduous.

    With Android everything works well, sync is no problem, notifications work as they should.

    I never was a fan of android and therefore I tried to bring a little bit W10M feeling on my new phone.

    I use the square home launcher. This app is really great. The first time I got a little bit confused about the lot of settings I can do, but after a few days I liked the launcher more and more, In the meantime I bought the pro version (It's about 4$). I include some screenshots of my phone, looks really nice;-), but still under progress coz its only one week I saty on Android now.

    @RoderickGI: I use outlook for my Office mails, Sol mail for my private mails (It has a better live tile or like Android say widget ;-) than Outlook, and Chronus for my calendar widget[/FONT]ciq.forums.garmin.com/.../1283568.jpg
  • Hi,

    I have taken the same step as you did, as now also MS stated that W10M is dead. My Fenix5 now is working very nice and has features I even did not know about :)

    Still I am missing the old OS, as Android is a catastrophe UI wise...

    Bye


    I took a different approach. I switched to Fitbit, I'm going to vote with my money. I happen to like Windows and hate iOS and Android UI and all that google spyware. I bought myself a Fitbit Ionic and it works beautifully with W10M. and besides it is not only about Windows 10 Mobile. It also doesn't work on Windows 10 PC which is alive and well so here Garmin I'm taking my money somewhere else. after 10 years using your products.
  • [FONT=Times New Roman]Me the same. After one year of anger, frustration about the sync issuses i decided to change to Andriod after I read that W10 mobile get no further development. I really like W10M very much, I like the style and the simple user interface, but the neverending problems with my VAHR really became to arduous.[/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/LEFT]
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    So here is a question to you why did you switch to Android and abandon what you like? It is Garmin's problem what their products do not work on Windows. So switch to Fitbit. I did after getting so upset with Garmin I switched to Fitbit Ionic and very happy with it, it works flawlessly on Windows. I'm so pissed at Garmin for screwing me with Windows support I even started replying to people like you who are not happy but still stuck around with Garmin. just remember vote with you money if enough of us switch over to competitors they will be forced to start working on Windows.

    Really there is no excuse to not support all 3 major platforms with tools like Xamarin these days where you write one app that works on all 3 platforms.
  • The problem for me was that I really like the Fenix5 watch and the battery life of 2 weeks is an important point for me. The Fitbit devices are lasting about 5 days, which is too short for me. Also design wise the Garmin watches fit me much better.
  • The problem for me was that I really like the Fenix5 watch and the battery life of 2 weeks is an important point for me. The Fitbit devices are lasting about 5 days, which is too short for me. Also design wise the Garmin watches fit me much better.


    Yeah, I can understand that. I also own the Garmin Smart Scale so I cannot just leave without a large financial lose. (VA3 as well.)

  • Really there is no excuse to not support all 3 major platforms with tools like Xamarin these days where you write one app that works on all 3 platforms.


    I just noticed this comment. How is that working for you now? You seem to have failed to notice the Microsoft has abandoned W10M. Dropped it. Closing it down. Letting down all their customers. Failing to compete in the mobile device market. Withdrawing from the market.

    So really Garmin was just refusing to invest in a technology that wasn't being supported by the provider, Microsoft, even two years ago. You can't blame them for that.

  • I just noticed this comment. How is that working for you now? You seem to have failed to notice the Microsoft has abandoned W10M. Dropped it. Closing it down. Letting down all their customers. Failing to compete in the mobile device market. Withdrawing from the market.

    So really Garmin was just refusing to invest in a technology that wasn't being supported by the provider, Microsoft, even two years ago. You can't blame them for that.



    Flash news they did not abandon the platform all those apps work perfectly on Surface and other tablet devices. I have an 8 inch tablet and I would like to use that Garmin app which runs fine, connect to Garmin Connect but doesn't connect to the watch and my Fitbit app work perfectly. So the only thing that is missing from that UXP app that Garmin still has in the MS Store btw is to fix this Bluetooth connection bug.

    So you are wrong, and btw to answer your question specifically I'm pretty happy with a 950 that I still have.