Garmin Connect now using Bing Maps

ChillHero's Photo ChillHero 24 Nov 2010

I’ve noticed Garmin Connect switched from Google Maps to Bing Maps. Anybody know why Garmin make the switch? Seem to me that Bing Maps is not near the same quality as Google Maps.

rouxtjie's Photo rouxtjie 24 Nov 2010

I wonder why, google maps were perfect

Noneking's Photo Noneking 24 Nov 2010

The Bing Maps are pathetic!! No more satelite photos or terain function either.
:thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown:

Bartali's Photo Bartali 24 Nov 2010

i flippen hate bing. the pc's i use are windows machines, and they force the useless crap on you.

if the maps are as bad as their search engine then garmin will get some backlash,

RodTi's Photo RodTi 24 Nov 2010

Not a happy chappy!

Blows :cursing:


I actually took the time and effort to register for the Forums page, just to pop up a comment in one of the threads complaining... See they have in excess of 2000 in the one thread already, and there are several...

Hope they get the message!
Edited by RodTi, 24 November 2010 - 11:34 .

Cptmayhem's Photo Cptmayhem 24 Nov 2010

damn, and I just got myself a 310xt!!! Bastards! That was going to be one of the major drawcards!

Guest_agteros_* 24 Nov 2010

Garmin is getting quite some flack / backlash about Bing. Follow Garmin Connect on Facebook to see that there are a lot of people unhappy with the move.

Weight Weenie's Photo Weight Weenie 24 Nov 2010

Yep I will no longer use Garmin Connect, wasn't bad for a free program, but Bing, eish !

rouxtjie's Photo rouxtjie 24 Nov 2010

Ok so it seems the map image quality is not as good, any other issues with bing from anyone?

chris_w_65's Photo chris_w_65 24 Nov 2010

I see there is a firmware update for the 310XT. Hopefully it fixes the problems I have because it is a bit crap

This is from the 94.7, I know my moving time was 4:02:09 and not 3:52:59. The elapsed time is correct at 4:03:36

And as for the heart rate graph, I don't even look at it :thumbdown:

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kosmonooit's Photo kosmonooit 24 Nov 2010

Yes I noticed this with much dismay this past week: what a pile of poooo Bing is! Some $ infused corporate hook-up no doubt.

BUT there is a Google Earth button on the Activity page, that will give you the kml (?) file to download, and that will open with Google Earth, so all is not lost.

rouxtjie's Photo rouxtjie 24 Nov 2010

Yep I will no longer use Garmin Connect, wasn't bad for a free program, but Bing, eish !

What do you use? I know you can import the activity into garmin training centre but I found the connect interface much richer. I know there are a couple of 3rd party apps that is similiar to garmin connect, i take it you are using one of these

SeaBee's Photo SeaBee 25 Nov 2010

Try SportTracks - dunno why you'd want to use GC if you have that.

Tankman's Photo Tankman 25 Nov 2010

Solution Found! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Install this extension in Google Chrome!

Google Maps is Back!

In Garmin Connect, you will still see Bing Maps under Dashboard but when you click on Activities Google is Back :clap: :clap:

Garmin is very lame with their response, check out the facebook groups and gramin forums - everyone is anti Bing!

rouxtjie's Photo rouxtjie 25 Nov 2010

Try SportTracks - dunno why you'd want to use GC if you have that.

fanks....will check it out

andrewc's Photo andrewc 25 Nov 2010

Thanks Tankman! Good find! :thumbup:

Cheers,

Andrew