Garmin Connect used to have excellent Google Maps, but in November 2010 Garmin decided to “transition” to Bing Maps. Bing Maps have very little (sometimes no) detail compared to Google Maps, they lack terrain info, etc. In practice it meant that Garmin Connect got unusable maps. Here’s how to fix it.
First: A comparison.
Here’s a recent activity shown using the standard Bing Maps. Not a lot of details:
Here are two views of the same cycling activity:
Again: Bing Maps has practically no details, while Google Maps has excellent details, shows place names, urban/”green” areas, etc.
See this Google search for garmin connect bing google maps for more examples.
How to fix Garmin Connect and bring back Google Maps
- Install Gfix
See also: Discussion on Garmin Forums.
Why did Garmin change to Bing? Did they think about the Garmin Connect users at all?