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There’s a massive sales on smart cycling trainers right now, plus plenty other sports tech. There’s 20% off the Wahoo KICKR, KICKR CORE, CLIMB, Headwind, 20% off the Tacx NEO 2T, Flux 2, and Flux S, 20% off Saris Hammer 3 trainer and Saris MP1 Motion Platform. Plus also 20% off the Elite Direto X and Suito too, even the new Sterzo. Plus even steeper deals including with the Kinetic trainers at 30% off.
“When is Google Maps coming back to Garmin Connect!”
And Garmin was hearing it as well.
Trust me, oh did they ever. By ‘hearing it’, I mean that every conversation about anything with the word Garmin in it, seemed to include a preface first about the Garmin Connect maps. The good news is, they listened to you!
So starting today you can now toggle back and forth between Google Maps and Bing Maps, based on whichever map service displays the best maps for you and your area. For some folks, Bing maps will offer a better experience, and yet for others, Google Maps does.
Check it out:
You’ll see now displayed above the map the ability to switch back and forth between Google and Bing.
And in fact, with toggling back and forth you can easily see the differences between the two providers:
See, mapping services like Bing Maps and Google Maps use mapping providers to get maps and satellite data. These are companies like Digital Globe and Navteq. In addition, they also use local partners such as governmental agencies (USGS) and even private sources. Google and Microsoft ultimately pay for the vast majority of this data, based on how old the data is, and the resolution of the data. The newer, higher resolution (defined as how much you can zoom into the image) is more expensive. So these companies balance their market goals against buying imagery and updating it. Popular areas like NYC will see more updates than a small village in Kenya.
That’s why when I travel and post snippets of rides and run routes in unique places, I often mix and match the two companies maps. For some countries or locales – Google has the best data, and then in other places, Bing. And in many places in the US, they’re about the same. Of course, that’s not as true outside the US.
In my mind – giving users the choice to quickly toggle back and forth is the best of all worlds.
The new toggle switch is available today in the Dashboard activity now, as well as the activity detail page. This is the dashboard view:
And this is the activity detail page:
Going forward, they’ll be adding the toggle into the new Course Creator as well (see here for details on that) – which will enable you to leverage the recognition that Google has around bike/running paths when making new courses.
Additionally, you’ll also see the adding of the toggle into the Explore tab – which is where you can go out and find new routes.
The Garmin Connect team felt that getting this out first for the activity view and dashboard view was the highest priority, before doing the other two areas.
As always, if you have any questions – feel free to drop them below.
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You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.