A wearable tech app store? Garmin’s going for it with Connect IQ

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GPS provider Garmin has launched Connect IQ, a platform for developers to build apps which connect with Garmin’s wearable devices.

It’s an interesting move for the firm whose series of wearable devices, outside of fitness trackers, struggles compared to other vendors. As a result, the fact they’re looking for third party developers to beef up their offering is an understandable one.

“As an early mover in the wearables market, we are excited to open up the Garmin platform to third-party developers,” said Garmin VP business development Dawn Iddings.

“Connect IQ will leverage our growing portfolio of wearables and serve as catalyst for growth, as customers and developers are able to customise our devices to reflect their unique personalities and needs.”

The Garmin SDK, the firm claims, is low on power consumption and high on connectivity, connecting to smartphones and peripheral sensors through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and ANT+. Garmin wearable devices will also be able to support widgets and apps, adding more flexibility to the end user.

Garmin’s main wearable devices are the Vivofit and Vivosmart product line of fitness bands. The Vivofit is a basic activity tracker, whilst the Vivosmart, as the name suggests, includes smart notifications. This latest update probably won’t change Garmin’s hardware line for consumers who aren’t fitness freaks, but rather will refine its current series of wearables.

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