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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Firmware 2.90 — Released 7-Days After 2.80 To Fix Touchscreen Issue!

by Anura Guruge



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This firmware update, just 7-days after they release 2.80, to fix the battery drain issue, came out of the blue.

I was synching my Vivoactive 3, via Bluetooth, with my Android tablet, when I noticed that it was taking unusually long. So, checked. Saw it was doing a software update. Surprised me since 2.8 was so fresh.

Just to be on the safeside came upstairs, USB connected it to my PC, and ran Garmin Express. Sure enough. Firmware version 2.90 — to fix a touchscreen issue. Must have been serious. I had not noticed. Maybe I thought it was a bit sluggish BUT I had had any issues with the touchscreen and I had been running 2.80 for a week.

So, heads up.

Best to update to 2.90.

Happy New Year.

I suspect we will have 3.0 before the Chinese New Year, which is in February.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Vivoactive 3, Firmware 2.80 Does Appear To Slow Down Battery Drain.

by Anura Guruge



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My 20-day old Garmin Vivoactive 3 has been running on the new 2.80 firmware for the last 6-days, since December 29, 2017.

It definitely has prolonged battery life — maybe DOUBLED it.

On Monday, January 1, 2018 the software did have a conniption, but I was able to recover by doing a soft reset.

Still early days.

My first Garmin Vivoactive 3 died after 15 days. So, I am still rather leary and ‘jumpy’.

I am monitoring battery life and I will keep you posted.

Happy New Year.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Firmware 2.80, Released Dec. 28, 2017 — Supposedly Fixes Battery Drain!

by Anura Guruge



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Click to ENLARGE. My Vivoactive 3 on my wrist, around 10pm on December 28, 2017.


Well we all knew that Garmin would have to fix the battery drain problem at some point. It was serious. So, this appears to be the first attempt. I haven’t had 2.8 firmware running for ling enough to tell whether it has made a difference. I will, of course, monitor and keep you posted.

I need to charge my Vivoactive 3 this evening, and whenever I do (since I do it on my main PC), I fire up Garmin Express to check on the software. It took a LONG TIME to sync so I suspected that new firmware was being downloaded. I was right.

Firmware 2.70 for the Garmin Vivoactive 3 was released on Friday, December 8, 2017. So, 2.8o was released within 20 days. Their usual goal is once a month. I am GLAD.


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