Kansas-based Garmin International announced the release of its new vívoactive 3 Music smart watch on Wednesday.
“We’ve built on the vivoactive 3 that we announced at the end of last year by bringing in music, refreshing the design and then offering our vivoactive customers the opportunity to go out and work out without needing to bring their phone,” said Phil McClendon, lead product manager for vívoactive. “They can enjoy their music or make payments while they’re out and about.”
Featuring Garmin Pay contactless payments and thousands of ways to customize with free watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps through the Garmin Connect IQ store, the vívoactive 3 Music is the perfect accessory for running errands, running a 10K and everything in between.
“We have an always on touchscreen display,” said McClendon. “It’s a watch. You should always be able to see the time. Many of the competitive devices out there, the display is normally off. We give the user up to 7 days of battery life if they just wear it around tracking their daily activities, or if they want to go run GPS and listen to music, up to 5 hours.”
The Garmin Pay digital wallet means that you can go get a drink after your run and pay for it without having to carry anything else.
“You can basically take your debit cards and credit cards and add them to your digital wallet on the card,” said McClendon. “We support a variety of major card companies from around the globe on the device and we’re adding more banks every day.”
The vívoactive 3 Music will store up to 500 songs on the device or you can download offline music playlists from IHeartRadio with a wifi connection. The device does not support live streaming at this time.