Garmin announced that a free software update for select chartplotters expands access to the company’s networked sounder units.
The update affects plotters in the GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series, the GPSMAP xs and non-xs series, and the echoMAP 70. The update will allow the GPSMAP 8000 units to network with DownVü and SideVü devices through the GCV 10 sonar black box. Also Garmin Helm, a mobile app that allows boaters to view and control Garmin multifunction displays from their mobile devices has launched an Android version. Pay a visit to Garmin.com to determine if your system could benefit from this update, or if it’s time for an upgrade.