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Garmin opens the floodgates for third-party apps on its fitness watches

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By Harish Jonnalagadda on 25 Sep 2014 09:32 am

Garmin has been making fitness watches for a while now, but the manufacturer hasn't supported third-party apps on its platform, until now. Garmin has announced today that it is launching an SDK called Connect IQ that will allow third-party devs to build custom watchfaces, widgets and tailored apps for its products.

These new apps will not be available on any of Garmin's existing portfolio of devices, as the manufacturer has mentioned that compatible devices will launch in 2015. Browsing and selecting apps to install on the watch will be done through the Garmin Connected Mobile app, which you have to install on your phone. Once you install the app, you can browse and load third-party apps on your watch via Bluetooth.

With the influx of Android Wear watches and the imminent arrival of the Apple Watch, do you think devs would be interested in building tailored apps for Garmin?

Source: Garmin

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