Garmin Smart Notifications coming to Android
In case you missed it, Garmin’s news release this morning for their new golf units included this tidbit…
The Approach G7 and G8 also have the new Smart Notification functionality, so users can pair a compatible iPhone 4S or later and receive emails, texts and call alerts right on the device. Android compatibility expected Q2 2014.
Yes, Android users rejoice! This is a feature I’ve been looking forward to and have written about ad nauseum, but in case you missed those tirades, here’s the scenario: I’m out mountain biking, with my phone safely stowed in a padded case in my hydration pack. I crest a hill, get cell reception, and hear a notification tone. Is it something I can ignore or is it an urgent message? With this feature I won’t have to stop, open up my pack and dig out my phone just to find out that it’s something that can wait.
Now not all Android phones will work with this. You’ll likely need one that has Bluetooth LE and is running Android version 4.3+.
What do you think? Does this interest you or do you want to stay as disconnected as possible when on the trail?