Garmin has announced a new free software update available for the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm Series that expands their GCV 10 compatibility, networked sonar capabilities, introduces the Garmin Helm for Android devices and more.
This update will provide the Glass Helm Series the ability to utilize the Garmin GCV 10 sonar black box and provides anglers with DownVü and SideVü scanning sonar. This update also allows for multiple sonar blackboxes on the same system as a network, allowing users to switch between GSD 26 CHIRP sonar and GCV 10 scanning sonar effortlessly.
Internal sonar sharing is also available with this update, allowing chartplotters to share sonar internally to any other devices within the same network. Non‑sonar devices can also display compatible sonar shared across the network. Compatible units include the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series, new GPSMAP xs and non-xs series and the echoMAP 70.
This update also brings Android compatibility to the Garmin Helm app, previously unsupported. In order for the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm Series devices to connect with the app, a Garmin Marine Wi-Fi Adapter must be purchased. Units can be purchased on Amazon or the Garmin website.
Other enhancements with this huge update include Meteor 300 support for the GPSMAP 800xs and 1000xs series chartplotters, improved sailing gauges that provide a wind gauge, heading gauge and user specified data bars for the entire echoMAP series and the new GPSMAP series as well as improved sonar source selection and custom sonar overlays.
The information and links to download the new update can be found here.