Garmin® hosts developers at first-ever Connect IQ™ Developer Summit & Announces integration with SmartThings

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
welcomed developers from around the world as they congregate at the
Garmin headquarters for the first annual Connect IQ Developer Summit.
Over the course of the next two days, developers will be briefed on the
exciting new features being rolled out in Connect IQ 2.3 and they’ll
participate in hands-on workshops and breakout sessions with Garmin
product managers and engineers. In conjunction with the Developer
Summit, Garmin is also excited to announce an integration with the
SmartThings home automation app – a free download from the Connect IQ
store that allows users to control things in their home – lights, TVs,
etc. – through their Garmin Connect IQ compatible device1.

Connect IQ, an open developer platform for third-parties to create
experiences for compatible Garmin wearables, bike computers and outdoor
handhelds, lets users customize their Garmin device to reflect their
unique personalities and needs. Since the inception of the Connect IQ
platform just over two years ago, there have already been more than 29
million Connect IQ app downloads to the nearly 5 million compatible
devices that have shipped around the world.

“We are incredibly honored to have so many talented developers committed
to helping us realize the Connect IQ vision,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin
president and CEO. “Our products are already an essential part of our
customers’ lives, and as evidenced by the increasing number of app
downloads, the ability to customize devices with Connect IQ apps is
resonating. We’re excited to work with strong brands to launch relevant
apps like the SmartThings Home Automation app that address customer
needs in new and creative ways.”

The Connect IQ Summit enables developers and companies to network with
industry leaders and learn about the latest Garmin technology and app
solutions in the active lifestyle arena. Among attendees are current
Connect IQ app developers including Strava, Uber, Accuweather,
SmartThings, Trek and Training Peaks. Garmin is proud to have Nordic
Semiconductor, the wireless provider of choice for Connect IQ, as the
main event sponsor.

One of the newest apps launching on the Connect IQ platform is the SmartThings
app which allows users to control their home through their Garmin
Connect IQ compatible wearable device. Customers can dim the lights,
turn up the thermostat or lock the front door right from their wrist
using their Connect IQ-enabled Garmin device.

Being introduced in Connect IQ 2.3 are a suite of new features that will
enable a new generation of innovative apps. While other smart watches
turn off their screens to save power, Connect IQ’s Always Active
Watch Faces
allow Connect IQ custom watch faces to continuously
update every second while maintaining industry-leading battery life2.
Action Intelligence provides new levels of access to the onboard
sensors and allows developers to create metrics for everything from
measuring boxing power, tennis racquet swings, rep counting and more.
When combined with Connect IQ’s access to the Garmin Connect platform,
developers will be able to take the best platform for the active
lifestyle even further. Background Services opens the ability for
Connect IQ apps to periodically operate while the device is idle. These
services can communicate with web, check on sensors, communicate with
ANT, and even notify the user of an event. Watch faces can now also take
advantage of background services, allowing new levels of rich content to
live on the user’s watch face. In addition, there are several new tools
in the Connect IQ SDK to make app development easier than ever.

Connect IQ is available on a wide range of Garmin products across all
the markets the company serves, and Connect IQ content can be downloaded
at no charge to the user. The Connect IQ Store can be found at or in the device tab of Garmin Connect. It can also be
found in the device page of Garmin Express, or the More section of
Garmin Connect Mobile. To learn more about developing a Connect IQ app,

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless
devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active
lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including
automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more
information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at,
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See the Connect IQ compatible devices at

2Always on Watch Faces only available on Fenix 5, Fenix
5s, Fenix 5x, and Forerunner 935

About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN).
Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United
Kingdom. Garmin and Edge are registered trademarks, and Connect IQ is a
trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service
marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

About SmartThings

SmartThings gives people freedom of choice in the connected devices and
services they use in their homes. With an open platform and a thriving
ecosystem of partners, SmartThings creates infinite possibilities for
people to add a little smartness to their things. SmartThings is
headquartered in Mountainview, CA and operates independently as a wholly
owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.

Works with SmartThings

SmartThings is the brain of your smart home, connecting wirelessly with
a wide range of smart devices and making them work together. SmartThings
works with devices from more than 70 partners, including Amazon Alexa
and Google Home. Visit to
see the full list of compatible devices.

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Garmin International Inc.Mary Woodbury, 913-397-8200 [email protected]