Garmin Forerunner 955 : 4 New Smart Features and 1 New Safety Feature

Garmin has just announced their latest smartwatch, the Forerunner 955. This watch is the next generation to the Forerunner 945, and it comes packed with new features! The four new smart features are important updates that will make your running experience even better. We’ll discuss each one in detail below.

In addition, the Forerunner 955 also includes a new safety feature that we think is extremely important. Keep reading to learn more about this amazing watch!

The 4 New Smart Features Are As Follows.

If you owned the Forerunner 945, rest assured all of the smart features have been carried over to the Forerunner 955. As I was reviewing each feature, I didn’t think there would be any new features added. In this case I was wrong, and I’m glad I was.

  • On device connect IQ store
  • Real time settings with Garmin Connect Mobile
  • Customizable battery Saver
  • Music storage is now 2000 songs

What is On Device Connect IQ Store And What Are It’s Benefit’s?

If you’re not familiar with Connect IQ, it’s Garmin’s platform for developers to create apps, watch faces and data fields that can be used on compatible Garmin devices.

The On Device Connect IQ Store is a new feature on the Forerunner 955 series which lets users install these apps and customizations without ever needing to connect their watch to a computer.

There are a few benefits to the On Device Connect IQ Store. The first is that it’s much more convenient than having to connect your watch to a computer every time you want to install a new app or customization.

The second is that it opens up the possibilities for what types of apps and customizations can be created, since they no longer have to be limited to what can be done on a computer.

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And lastly, it means that you no longer need to carry around a separate device (like a smartphone) in order to manage your Connect IQ apps and customizations.

What Is Real time settings with Garmin Connect Mobile And What Are It’s Benefit’s?

Garmin’s new real-time setting with Garmin Connect Mobile is a game changer. It allows you to change your settings on the fly without having to go into the menus. This is perfect for when you are in the middle of a workout and you need to make a quick change. The benefit of this feature is that it saves you time and hassle.

Here is a list of advantages with Real Time settings

  • Even if new watch features are added through a software update, the Garmin Connect app will always display a complete list of all settings that are available.
  • Changes made in the Garmin Connect app are immediately reflected on the watch without requiring a sync.
  • Without the need for a sync, any changes made to the watch’s settings will be immediately reflected in the Garmin Connect app.

What is Customizable Battery Saver Mode And What Are It’s Benefit’s?

With the Forerunner 955 you can quickly modify system settings with the battery saver feature to increase battery life in watch mode. This is beneficial for those training sessions or races that are longer in duration where you need your watch to last the entire time.

By enabling battery saver mode, some features such as Bluetooth will be turned off but can still be accessed by pressing a button. Other data fields will also be disabled in order to save power.

Garmin Forerunner 955 Now Store 2000 Songs

This is a big jump from the Forerunner 945 which could only hold 1000 songs. This increase is due to the new music storage capacity of the Forerunner 955 series. The benefit here is that you can now store twice as much music on your watch, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of songs during your workouts.

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Garmin Forerunner 955 Full List of Smart Features

The Forerunner’s biggest selling point has always been its comprehensive list of features, and the Forerunner 955 is no different.

  • Connect IQ
  • Smart notifications
  • Text response/reject phone call with text (Android Only)
  • Calendar
  • Weather
  • Controls smart phone music
  • Plays and controls watch music
  • Music Storage
  • Find My phone
  • Find my watch
  • VIRB remote
  • Smartphone capability
  • Pairs with Garmin golf app
  • Pairs With Garmin Connect mobile
  • Garmin Pay
  • On device connect IQ store (NEW)
  • Real time settings with Garmin Connect Mobile (NEW)
  • Customizable battery Saver (NEW)
  • Music storage is now 2000 songs (NEW)

Garmin Adds Spectator Messaging To It’s Safety Features

If you’re an avid runner, or just someone who likes to stay fit and healthy by participating in sporting activities, then you’ll know that one of the key factors to staying safe while doing so is letting people know where you are. And that’s exactly what Garmin’s new safety feature does.

Spectator Messaging on the Forerunner 955 allows your friends and family to track your location while you’re out running or participating in another activity. But not only that, it also allows them to send you messages through the watch itself, so if something happens, you can easily get in touch with someone who can help.

The benefits of this are obvious. If you’re ever in trouble or need help, you can easily get in touch with someone who can come to your aid. And if you’re simply running or participating in an event and want your friends and family to be able to track your progress, they can do so without needing to download a separate app or worry about losing signal.

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You Will Still Get The Same Safety Features As The Forerunner 945

If you are a user that finds the safety and monitoring features useful, rest assured that all of those features are still available on the Forerunner 955. The safety aspect in a smart watch is at times neglected with the main focus being on other capabilities. The purpose of this feature is to prepare you for a emergency event before it even happens.

One other thing to mention to is that the smart watch or fitness tracker now work with your day to day activities. Thus giving the user experience that many smart watch brands would like to offer.

Here is the lest of safety tracking and monitoring features carried over

  • Live track : share your location in real-time with preselected contacts
  • Incident detection
  • Live group track
  • Live group sharing

Final Conclusion

I would have to say that the 4 new smart features including spectator messaging are great features to have on the Forerunner 955. My favourite of the smart features is the music storage and real time settings. I really like making adjustments to the settings, just so I can get a feel on how the feature works. Real time settings I think will become a native feature across the broad on all Garmin watch’s.

If you are looking to upgrade or thinking of purchasing the Forerunner 955 based on it’s smart features, I hope you find this article useful. Thank you or reading.