Advanced software update announced for Garmin marine devices

Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, has announced an exciting new software update for both the GPSMAP 8000 series and its newest series of marine chartplotters and combination units.

Coastal anglers using the Glass Helm series will reap the rewards from this update as they will have the opportunity to use Garmin’s innovative new DownVü and SideVü technology; the clearest scanning sonar of fish returns and structure available on the market.

In addition the update provides the Glass Helm Series with the capability to allow multiple sonar black boxes to exist on the same system, providing users with easily networked sonar and the ability to switch between GSD™ 26 CHIRP sonar and GCV 10 scanning sonar. 

Chartplotters will now be able to share sonar internally to any other devices within the same network.  Compatible units include the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series, the new GPSMAP xs and non-xs series and the echoMAP 70.

David Dunn, Senior Manager of Marine Sales for Garmin, said: “By offering this free software update for our newest line of chartplotters, we’re putting even more capabilities and potential at the boater’s fingertips.”

“Bringing DownVü and SideVü to our Glass Helm series, new internal sonar-sharing options for the inland fisherman and improved gauges and features for the sailor, everyone will benefit from the latest advances that we have to offer.”

Garmin Helm, the mobile app that allows boaters to view and control their multi-function chartplotters for the convenience of their phone, is also now available for Android devices.

From the expanded support for Garmin Helm, both Android and iPhone users can now benefit from the same user-friendliness and simplicity that they have come to expect from Garmin marine devices and applications as a result of this software update.

Other feature enhancements the update will provide include FUSION-Link and 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 new GPSMAP series and improved sonar source selection and custom sonar overlays.

The software update is available now for free from the Garmin website.  To download, visit

Garmin Helm is a free application available from Google Play™ (requires Android 4.3+).  In order for the Android device to establish a connection with any GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series devices, the Garmin Marine Wi-Fi® Adapter (sold separately) is needed.


For further Garmin press information, please contact Abbie Whitehouse or Eloise Jakeman on 01460 241641 or email [email protected] or [email protected].

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