Reviews - January 30, 2024

A new update has been released for the popular Garmin smartwatch, with warnings about a persistent battery-draining bug.

Nonetheless, there appears to be little change between Beta 9.15, released two weeks ago, and Beta 9.19, which appeared today. Specifically, Garmin’s changelog mentions the same new features and improvements:

  • A rope jumping activity has been added.
  • Added support for male audio prompts (requires downloading new audio file).
  • Fixed an issue where music would start playing randomly.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in higher battery drain with wrist heart rate turned off.
  • Fixed an issue where scoring could be turned off when changing settings during a golf activity.

The same applies to beta 9.16, for which Garmin has provided a similar changelog. So it’s unclear how Garmin has improved the Vivoactive 5 since beta 9.15, and no follow-up explanation is provided. However, after updating to beta 9.19, there are increasing complaints about high battery consumption. Presumably, recharging and rebooting the affected Vivoactive 5 did not resolve the related bug, with one owner reporting a drain of 0.25% per minute.

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