This update can be downloaded with Garmin Express or automatically through Garmin Connect Mobile.
- Fixed an issue with some CIQ watch face data fields not updating
Has the battery drain issue been addressed?
Garmin tech, is there a provision to pin a software version? If I am on a working version I want the option to refuse further updates that will likely break current functionality. We shouldn't be forced…
does the update with Garmin Express come with conect at the same time, or is it always possible to update there?
From what I can tell nothing has changed on battery life in 7.20.
I spoke with Garmin support when 6.90 came out and destroyed my battery life on a watch that had beeen running a consistent 15% battery / day. They replaced the watch as that was the only tool they had. It did not change anything.
However they also had some suggestions on some causes back at 6.90. The biggest one was a change in the CIQ SDK that would cause many CIQ data fields and more importantly watch faces to consume more power if they were not updated to the new SDK. I use a CIQ watch face. When the developer updated to the new SDK, the battery life returned almost - I'm now at a consistent 20% / day. But that's far better than the watch only lasting a day. If you use a watch face, ensure it has been updated to the newest SDK rev level. Mine also has a user configuration for how frequently the watch face updates. I set it to less frequent updates. It does not need to update every second (I'm not using a sweep second hand) so if the heart rate or other data field displays on the watch face only update every other second, who cares, that help battery life as well.
Hello together, my watch is approx. 1 year old and the battery still lasts 3 days (with 2 h of Sport, running). I use Bluetooth only for sync and HR is always on. I never had a Problem with the battery life, but I know Blutooth and some watch faces/widgets drain the battery very fast (as you describe). I hope that helps. best regards from Germany