What’s new in the latest software for my Runner or Multi-Sport watch?

We are committed to continuously improving the performance and overall user experience for TomTom Runner & Multi-Sport GPS watches. Since the introduction, we have released several software updates to add new functionality, improve the user experience, improve performance and fix problems.

We are constantly reviewing the feedback received by TomTom Customer Support, the TomTom Discussions forum and other channels. Where possible we will continue to improve performance and ease of use.

Below is a detailed overview of all the improvements and fixes that we have released so far:

Version 1.8.52

Released on 28 April 2016
  • You can now create a custom race on your watch so that you can race a specific distance or time.
  • We have improved Android 6.0 compatibility.
  • For some languages the translations have been improved.
  • Various performance improvements and bug fixes have been implemented.

Version 1.8.46

Released on 20 October 2015
  • When using the Cadence & Speed Sensor, you might "coast" and stop peddling, or example when riding downhill. We fixed an issue that could cause a cycling speed of 0 km/h to be shown when coasting
  • We fixed an issue that could cause the watch not to give any visual or audio alert when entering or leaving a heart rate zone in freestyle mode.
  • The shortest laps you can now set are 5 seconds.
  • We corrected some translations into Czech, Finnish, French, German and Portuguese.

Version 1.8.35

Released on 16 April 2015
  • We’ve fixed several bugs and made improvements to the performance.

Version 1.8.34

Released on 31 March 2015

This software update makes the Bluetooth ® Smart connection to your Android and iOS MySports mobile app more reliable.
You can now pair your watch with several Android Lollipop devices to upload your activities.
For compatibility visit the Google Play Store.

Important:

  • You must update your MySports mobile app to version 1.3.0 for Android and 1.0.9 for iOS or higher.
  • After this update you need to pair your watch with your smartphone again.

Version 1.8.32

Released on 26 February 2015
  • We have added language support for Polish.
  • We’ve fixed several bugs and made improvements to the performance.

Version 1.8.25

Released on 16 October 2014
  • The battery level indication is now more accurate.
  • The remaining time and the remaining distance are now shown again during interval training.
  • We reduced the minimum time in interval training from 30 to 10 seconds.
    Note: When you select 5 seconds the watch will change this to 10 seconds to avoid conflicts with alerts.
  • We’ve fixed an issue that could cause the watch to freeze during an activity resulting in a loss of activity data.
  • We’ve fixed an issue with the race result in the watch history.
  • Based on your feedback that the recently introduced Danish, Norwegian and Swedish languages without accents are not helpful, we’ve decided to remove them.

Version 1.8.19

Released on 25 September 2014

More and improved metrics

  • The two smaller metrics shown at the top of the screen are larger so that they are easier to read.
  • Activities longer than an hour now show time in seconds and minutes.
  • We added the following behaviour: when you scroll through your metrics, one metric will first show the type of metric, for example distance. After two seconds “distance” is replaced by the unit, in this example “km”.

Improvements to pausing and stopping an activity

  • Pausing and stopping an activity is clearer and more intuitive.

Improvements to treadmill running

  • Calibration is no longer needed for treadmill activities shorter than 500 metres.

Improvements to swimming on the Multi-Sport watch

  • Choosing left or right wrist has been removed from the swim settings because it is no longer required.
  • More pool sizes are available, and you can set the pool size in metres or yards regardless of your general unit setting.
  • The swimming pool size default has been changed to 25m/25yards after a factory reset.

Improvements to the history

  • The watch history contains more details such as your race result and time spent in each heart rate zone.

New heart rate functions

  • The watch monitors how your heart rate is recovering when pausing an activity, and gives a score for your heart rate recovery. The faster your heart rate drops after exercise, the fitter you are.

More metrics for Multi-Sport and Multi-Sport Cardio watches with integrated altimeter (serial number starting with HD or HF)

  • Your Multi-Sport watch with integrated altimeter shows CLIMB as cumulative elevation gain.
  • Your Multi-Sport watch with a built-in altimeter shows terrain distance during run, cycle, freestyle or hiking activities in the mountains. Terrain distance includes the climb and descent. This is especially useful when exercising in mountainous areas, where there is a significant difference in horizontal distance travelled and the distance over the sloped ground.

Usability improvements

  • For Training Partner Race, you can complete the race even when your ‘shadow’ has already finished.
  • Additional languages have been added: Czech, Dutch and Portuguese languages.
  • Added support for iOS 8.

Bug fixes
All the following issues have been fixed:

  • Elapsed distance was incorrectly shown instead of lap distance.
  • Swimming count stopped on long swims, for example around 2850m (57 lengths of a 50m pool).
  • Occasionally, the calorie calculation was using default height/weight/gender.
  • The altitude did not display over 9999.
  • Sometimes the crank icon didn't appear although the watch was linked to the cadence sensor.

Version 1.8.05

Released on 22 July 2014
  • For TomTom Multi-Sport owners, you can select a free-style, GPS enabled activity type for any non-running, cycling or swimming activities, so you keep a clean history/totals for the main activity types.
  • Race against a specific activity using the MySports Race this button.

Version 1.7.25

Released on  3 June 2014
  • We’ve fixed several bugs and made improvements to the performance.

Version 1.7.22

Released on  1 May 2014
  • You can see your actual pace for a lap, during the lap.
  • You can see your heart rate in the GO and PAUSE screens.

Improvements and fixes

  • We improved the accuracy of the treadmill tracking.
  • We improved the watch battery life when using the MySports mobile app.
  • We’ve fixed several bugs and made improvements to the performance.

Version 1.7.16

Released on  3 April 2014

Improvements and fixes

  • We’ve fixed several bugs and made improvements to the performance.

Version 1.6.13

Released on  7 February 2014
  • TomTom MySports mobile app

    The TomTom MySports mobile app allows you to automatically upload your sports activity data from your TomTom GPS Sport watch to TomTom MySports, MapMyFitness and RunKeeper using your smartphone. In addition, the app downloads QuickGPSfix data to your watch.
    The TomTom MySports mobile app is compatible with iOS 6 and higher on the following Bluetooth Smart enabled devices:

    • iPhone 5s
    • iPhone 5c
    • iPhone 5
    • iPhone 4S
    • iPad mini Wifi + 3G
    • iPad 3 Wifi + 3G
    • iPod Touch 5

    An Android version is planned for release in 2014.

  • Air plane mode
    You can now disable Bluetooth Smart in situations where you are not allowed to use it.

  • Pace or speed
    You can now choose to show pace or speed or both when you use the run, cycle and treadmill activities.

  • Improved charging icon
    A charging icon now clearly shows you that your watch is still charging when it is connected to a computer or a wall charger.

  • Remaining interval metrics
    You can now choose to be shown how much time or distance is left before moving on to the next routine. Next to the time or distance metric, you can now also see the number of the current set.

Version 1.5.4 | December 12th 2013

New functionality

  • Timeouts to help improve battery life
    Some users have reported that the battery on the TomTom GPS Sports watch discharges too quickly. To make a single charge last longer, the following features now have a timeout:
    • The GPS switches off if the GPS location is not fixed within 15 minutes.
    • An activity is stopped if it is not started within 15 minutes after GO is shown on the screen.
    • Bluetooth Smart stops searching if a sensor is not found within 15 minutes.

Improvements and fixes

  • The accuracy of swim activities has been further improved.
  • The battery charging icon now shows that the watch is charging.
  • The time that the backlight stays on in certain situations has been increased.
  • Other fixes and performance improvements have been incorporated.

Version 1.5.4

Released on 12 December 2013

New functionality

  • Timeouts to help improve battery life
    Some users have reported that the battery on the TomTom GPS Sport Watch discharges too quickly. To make a single charge last longer, the following features now have a timeout:
    • The GPS switches off if the GPS location is not fixed within 15 minutes.
    • An activity is stopped if it is not started within 15 minutes after GO is shown on the screen.
    • Bluetooth Smart stops searching if a sensor is not found within 15 minutes.

Improvements and fixes

  • The accuracy of swim activities has been further improved.
  • The battery charging icon now shows that the watch is charging.
  • The time that the backlight stays on in certain situations has been increased.
  • Other fixes and performance improvements have been incorporated.

Version 1.5.1

Released on  7 November 2013

New functionality

  • Pausing and stopping an activity
    You can now choose to press and hold the left button for approx. 1 second to pause or stop an activity. This helps prevent accidental pausing or stopping of an activity.

    You can turn the press and hold function on and off in the settings.

  • Stopwatch
    You can now use the stopwatch function on both, the TomTom Runner watch and the TomTom Multi-Sport watch. You can find Stopwatch on the activities screen. Stopwatch supports laps. To use laps move right from the activity screen or touch the area on the screen for the backlight.

 

Improvements and fixes

  • The buzz (vibration) in watch menus works again.

  • We have resolved an issue that caused watches set to languages other than English to crash when races were selected.

  • Several smaller bug fixes and performance improvements have been implemented.

Version 1.4.1

Released on 17 October 2013

Note: This update clears the history of activities on your watch.

New functionality

  • Training partner Race
    (Run, cycle, treadmill)
    Race yourself: Compare your current activity with one of your last ten performances. See in “real-time” where you are compared to that activity so that you can continue to improve, activity after activity.

  • Interval training
    (Run, cycle, swim, treadmill)
    You can create your own unique schedule using time or distance, to better your performance or speed. The watch alerts you with beeps and buzzes when you need to switch to the next interval stage.

    Interval training is short periods of work followed by rest. The main aim is to improve speed and cardiovascular fitness.

  • Improved cycle mode
    We now use the best available data from the Cadence & Speed Sensor and GPS.
    If a data source is temporarily lost, for example in a tunnel, we use data from the other sensor if available.

Improvements and fixes

  • The backlight in the clock mode now responds better.
  • Several smaller bug fixes and performance improvements have been implemented.

Version 1.3.27

Released on 28 April 2016
  • You now see an alert when you have reached your daily tracking goal and a badge is displayed on the clock screen.
  • The watch now offers splits with alerts for your current pace at the end of each mile or kilometre. This can be used in conjunction with other training modes.
  • We added audio prompts in Japanese and Korean.
  • We improved audio prompts to make them sound more natural.
  • We improved the swimming algorithm.
  • We improved the compatibility of the watch when used with certain headset models.
  • You will now be prompted to adjust the treadmill distance after each treadmill activity. Speed and calories will be recalculated based on your adjustment.
  • We fixed an issue where a reset occurred when doing some specific patterns of interval training.
  • We fixed an issue that could cause the watch to lock up.
  • We added playlist and song name support for Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Greek and other extended character sets.
  • We changed the gym icon.
  • We fixed an issue which caused occasional loss of GPS accuracy and reduced battery life while using GPS.
  • We fixed an issue that caused heart rate dropouts with some versions of Polar H7 HR and Tacx monitors.

Version 1.3.1

Released on 28 August 2013

New functionality

  • The laps alert screen shows the last lap pace.
  • You can set the swimming pool length in feet or metres.
  • When a training mode is set for an activity, after starting the activity, the watch opens the training view immediately.
  • The watch alerts you when in demo mode.
  • When the watch is fully charged, it shows a battery full icon.
  • The watch works with the 4iiii Bluetooth Smart HR monitor (ANT+ sensors are not supported).
  • We added a set up wizard on the watch.

Improvements and fixes

  • We improved the treadmill mode to reduce spikes.
  • We improved the swim mode.
  • We improved the handling of low cadence measurements.
  • We added several improvements to GPS and distance calculation when the GPS signal is weak.
  • The battery life is improved.
  • We fixed some small issues in the user interface and improved some translations.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in a NoLangFile message on the watch.

Version 1.2.0

Released on 26 January 2016
  • On cardio watches, we have added support for 24/7 heart rate monitoring, which allows you to monitor your heart rate during the day.*
  • We have improved the headset compatibility and reduced audio stuttering.
  • We have improved the vocal feedback voices.
  • We have made indoor cycling calculate calories from heart rate if no data from the Cadence & Speed Sensor is available.
  • We have improved the GPS time to fix.
  • We have improved the calorie counting for gym activities.
  • Various performance improvements and error fixes have been implemented.

    * Your TomTom GPS watch provides you with activity information that encourages you to adopt a more active lifestyle overall. Your device uses sensors that track your movement and provide you with relevant information about your activity. The information and data provided is a close estimate of your activity and data may not be completely accurate. Data shown can vary per device used or per person and may be dependent on their height, weight, age, build and activity level. The TomTom GPS watch cannot be relied on or used as a replacement for medical advice. We recommend that you consult your physician before starting a new exercise or fitness plan.

Version 1.1.19

Released on 11 November 2015
  • For watches with a built-in optical heart rate monitor, we have improved the performance in case of sudden speed increases for running or treadmill.
  • You can now start indoor cycling activities without a Cadence & Speed Sensor.
  • Various performance improvements and bug fixes have been implemented.

Version 1.1.14

Released on 22 October 2015
  • We fixed an issue that could cause treadmill calibration to fail.
  • You can now create a custom race on your watch so that you can race a specific distance or time.
  • We have improved setting the clock after a complete battery drain.
  • We fixed an issue that cause to watch to continue showing the charging icon after removing it from the dock.
  • We improved translations for some languages.
  • If your watch supports music, you can now control the music playback by moving up from Clock screen.
  • We improved battery life when playing music.
  • We improved the music file compatibility.
  • We improved the USB connectivity with a computer.
  • Sleep data can now be uploaded to the MySports website.
  • You can now use your watch in Japanese.
  • You can now use your watch in Korean.
  • You can now use your watch in Malaysian.
  • You can now use your watch in Indonesian.