This update brings some significant changes:
• Features aligned on MIP and AMOLED devices
As much as possible, the available options and their behavior are now consistent between all devices regardless of the display technology. Most importantly this brings the gesture related functions such as alternate DBox or dynamic hand style to AMOLED devices (NOTE: it is only applicable if you use the Always On Display).
• 6 configurable layouts defining all visible screen components
It is now possible to quickly change the layout and color theme of your watch face for different occasions. On compatible devices, you can do this very easily without reaching for your phone, by using the watch face ‘Customize’ option on your watch.
The predefined configurations also help you to figure out how the available face design options (hands, marks, background, data, etc.) work. All configuration changes are kept but can be reset back to the default if needed.
• 2 more themes
This allows more options to define and switch different color and background themes.
• Data fields Opt1 – Opt4 can be configured as circles
This, together with the changeable DBox position, opens many new ways for creating your favorite watch face style. In addition, in the circle mode you also get a circular data level indicator around the perimeter.
• 24h alternate time or UTC hand option
If enabled, this extra hand uses ‘Outline’ style if the main hands are ‘Solid’, or ‘Outline’ with a different color when the main hands are shown as ‘Outline’ too.
• Launching widgets by touch (if supported by the watch)
This works with the Opt 1 – Opt 4 data and the DBox.
If a related widget can be found, it will be launched after a long press. Note that the activation of this feature may depend on your watch system settings and power state.
• DBox can be shown on the right side
Note that it will become visible only when Opt 3 data is set to ‘Off’.
• Date in DBox always in English
DBox uses a custom LCD font which is not suitable for many non-English languages. To avoid unpredictable date appearance in DBox, now the date is always shown in English there, regardless of the system language setting.
• Body battery, stress and temperature graphs
Body battery – 12 hours
Stress – 4 hours
Temperature – 6 hours
• Extended hand width range
This is to help our friends who like to see the hands really FAT!
Updating from an earlier version
Because this update is a big departure from the version 4.x.x, some of the previously defined settings will be lost after the update – hands, marks, gauges, data.
However the unlock key will be kept, unless some unexpected Connect IQ error occurs.
On older devices like fenix 5 or forerunner 245, this update removes the ‘always on’ second hand and makes premium some features that were free before. For those who would rather have it as it was, there is a new app on the store called ‘Time Flies Legacy’. It is an exact copy of Time Flies 4.12.1, completely free. But it will not be updated except for major bug fixes, if any are found. It is available for download here: https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/eddbbfc5-c98c-49dd-b07d-5da8f3605f5b