Garmin Forerunner 955 and 965: Users Report Beta Update with New Features


Users of Garmin's Forerunner 955 and Forerunner 965 smartwatches have reported a recent Beta update, labeled version 18.12. Despite no official announcement from the company and a pending full changelog, users note a significant addition – the Garmin Sleep Coach. Notably, the Sleep Coach feature, powered by Firstbeat Analytics, currently supports English language only.

The Sleep Coach tool offers insights into optimal sleep duration based on various factors, including age, activity levels, prior sleep patterns, naps, and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) data. 

Feedback from Garmin Forum users suggests potential minor tweaks to widgets, such as the addition of a clock icon in the time zone widget and a touchscreen enhancement. 

Additionally, a Forerunner 965 owner shared details of firmware updates related to GPS, Wi-Fi, and Sensor Hub, though the specific improvements from these updates remain unspecified. A notable change appears to be the absence of the ClimbPro tool for the Hiking activity.

The preceding beta update, version 17.26, released approximately a month ago, marked the conclusion of the 17.xx cycle for these wearables. It introduced features like embedded images in smart notifications, enhanced nap functionality, and additional body battery features.

Users enrolled in the Beta Program for Garmin Forerunner 955 and Forerunner 965 are required to manually check for updates in their watch settings. The timing of Garmin's official acknowledgment of the Beta update version 18.12 remains uncertain.

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