“As an early mover in the wearables market, we are excited to open up the Garmin platform to third-party developers,” said Dawn Iddings Garmin vice president of business development. “Connect IQ will leverage our growing portfolio of wearables and serve as catalyst for growth as customers and developers are able to customize our devices to reflect their unique personalities and needs.”
As a pioneer in the wearable tech space, Garmin has created purpose-driven hardware for an active lifestyle since 2001. With Connect IQ, developers can now take advantage of the features that have made Garmin products an integral part of an active lifestyle:
With Connect IQ, developers can design colorful always-on watch faces, and translate rich sensor data into new relevant metrics utilizing fully customizable data screens. In addition, Garmin devices will now be able to support widgets and apps. Developers can create widgets to add to the main screen loop, like the score of the big game or when the user needs to hydrate during a long run, ride or hike. These apps can be tailored to the individual lifestyle of the user, no matter what they’re using the device for.
This is an exciting new time for Garmin and third-party developers who want to be more involved in the active lifestyles of consumers. Connect IQ will be available on select Garmin wearables in 2015. To get started, the developer preview materials are available now at developer.garmin.com.
For 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.