Firmware updates for the Polar Vantage series:

Yes, Polar also has a page where they describe those – but not in German, which I’ll offer here. And I want to show the watches I use as they develop, thus also link to updates when the watch firmware has been updated.

You’ll notice what I mean in a second…

Polar Vantage V

February 11, 2019: Update 3.0

  • Navigation features: route guidance, back to start
    [I have added videos on that to my YouTube channel and am working on expanding this series about navigation with sports watches]
  • Quick menu in pre-training screen for fast access to favorites, timers, routes, back-to-start
  • Phone notifications
  • Do Not Disturb mode
  • Dedicated sleep watchface

April 29, 2019: Update 3.2.10

  • Activity tracking update: Polar has changed the algorithm used for activity tracking.
    For me and this blog, that means that the post comparing daily tracking on a Vantage V vs. a Fitbit Charge 3 is now outdated and I need to collect new data for further comparisons…
  • GPS enhancements:
    – New GPS chip firmware
    – AGPS data now downloaded once a day via the app, not once a week
    – SBAS ground station data correction system enabled, which should improve location accuracy

October 2019: Update 4.0

  • Fitness test, using oHR or a chest strap
  • Zone lock (for training zones in workouts)
  • Lap details on watch (time, distance, avg pace,…)
  • Manual stride sensor (Footpod) calibration… This came after an outcry that the Vantage changed the calibration of e.g. a Stryd and this could not be disabled

December 2019: Update 5.0

  • Strava Live Segments
  • Race Pace

Vantage M

February 11, 2019: Update 3.0

  • Back to start feature
  • Quick menu in pre-training screen for favorites, timers, back-to-start
  • Phone notifications
  • Do Not Disturb mode
  • Dedicated sleep watch face

April 29, 2019: Update 3.2.10

  • Activity tracking update
  • GPS performance updates

These updates are the same as for the Vantage V

October 2019: Update 4.0

Same as for the Vantage V:

  • Fitness test, using oHR or a chest strap
  • Zone lock (for training zones in workouts)
  • Lap details on watch (time, distance, avg pace,…)
  • Manual stride sensor (Footpod) calibration… This came after an outcry that the Vantage changed the calibration of e.g. a Stryd and this could not be disabled

December 2019: Update 5.0

  • Race Pace

(Vantage M does not have navigation along routes, therefore won’t get Strava Live Segments support – or at least, I assume that’s the reason.)