Activity Request: Walk

wolf2600
wolf2600 Registered Users Posts: 5
Apprentice Traveler
edited January 24 in TomTom Sports
Any way a future firmware update could add "Walk" as one of the activity types?

I know you can use "Freestyle", but going for a walk as an exercise is so basic and common, you'd think it would be a specific activity type.

Comments

  • tfarabaugh
    tfarabaugh Posts: 16,936
    Superuser
    No there is not. They are not adding any more sports modes, that is what they added Freestyle and gym modes for. Freestyle is for any GPS enabled non-core activities and Gym for non-GPS enabled activities. If they start adding sports modes then you may want equestrian sports and I may want football and someone else may want paddle sports, this is why then went with the generic Freestyle. The existing sports also tie into the lifetime totals on MySports. If they add more sports modes they would also need to redesign all of MySports to capture them. You should try using Freestyle it gets you distance based on GPS and calories based on HR so it will be the most accurate (cycling and running use METs for calories and ignore HR).

    Unfortunately, this is likely not going to happen since TT has left the wearables industry and is no longer producing new devices and has laid off the Sports Division, so I would not expect much beyond bug fixes go forward as they devices are now legacy products. They will likely support what they have but not add anything new. Essentially the devices are what they are at this point and we are going to have to live with them as they are.

    I imagine this is not what you were hoping to hear but let me know if this answered your question. If it did, please mark it as a solution so other can look for it if they have the same question.
  • MrsPepperpot
    MrsPepperpot Registered Users Posts: 2
    Apprentice Traveler
    ''Unfortunately, this is likely not going to happen since TT has left the wearables industry and is no longer producing new devices and has laid off the Sports Division, so I would not expect much beyond bug fixes go forward as they devices are now legacy products. They will likely support what they have but not add anything new. Essentially the devices are what they are at this point and we are going to have to live with them as they are.''

    My heart is breaking...is this true? I LOVE my Tom Tom. Why leave a market which is just getting bigger and bigger?
  • tfarabaugh
    tfarabaugh Posts: 16,936
    Superuser
    ''Unfortunately, this is likely not going to happen since TT has left the wearables industry and is no longer producing new devices and has laid off the Sports Division, so I would not expect much beyond bug fixes go forward as they devices are now legacy products. They will likely support what they have but not add anything new. Essentially the devices are what they are at this point and we are going to have to live with them as they are.''

    My heart is breaking...is this true? I LOVE my Tom Tom. Why leave a market which is just getting bigger and bigger?
    This was announced over nine months ago. The market is actually slowing in the last few years and you have one massive player on the sports watch side (Garmin) who dominates the market. The only way TT could compete was on price and you can't sustain a business this way. They had some interesting ideas but were so far behind in terms of features and development that they could not keep up. As a smaller company in the market they also did not have their own manufacturing arm so they had issues with production delays and poor quality from the factories they used to make the products (the bands were and still are a major issue). It all added up to a non-sustainable market for them to be in.