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Last Updated: April 2nd, 2012

Last week, Motorola announced a separate Golf edition of the MOTOACTV fitness tracker, due to start shipping the first week of April. The good news is that as of today, existing non-Golf MOTOACTVs are receiving the same software through an upgrade with version 6.5 6.6, available via MOTOCAST. Update 4/2/12: Motorola pulled the 6.5 update and released 6.6 a few days later (today) instead. I am willing to bet 6.5 had some last-minute bugs.

Important note: Owners of the 8GB version will want to perform the update as soon as possible because it will be only offered for free until April 16th. After that, it's going to cost you... something, we're not sure how much yet. Considering the 8GB edition of the regular MOTOACTV is $50 cheaper than both the 16GB and the Golf edition, I'm surprised Motorola is even offering the update for free at all.

Note: As per Motorola, "Current MOTOACTV owners of 8 or 16GB devices will download course maps by state/country manually over Wi-Fi before before using the golf capabilities."

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Picture of the Golf Edition

The Golf update comes with the following features:

  • GPS Yardage From your Wrist
    Play over 20,000 courses globally and see your distance to the front, center and back of green, as well as distance to the hazards-all from your wrist. No more fumbling with laser finders, phone apps, or rummaging through your bag. It also contains the PAR information for all your favorite courses.

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  • Virtual Caddy
    MOTOACTV keeps track of your scorecards, clubs and key stats like, the number of putts taken and even the greens in regulation that you hit. You can even customize your virtual golf bag with the clubs that you own and the distances that you hit each one.

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  • Online Clubhouse
    MOTOACTV syncs your rounds wirelessly @ MOTOACTV.com where you get an unparalleled virtual representation of your round using a satellite view of the course. Move your mouse over the arc of the ball flight and pull up details of the shot you played.  You can also keep every scorecard for reference, and similar to other MOTOACTV workouts you can share your rounds with friends. Plus, see how the pros like Bubba Watson play on select courses before you play them yourself.

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  • You will also be able to see your biometrics during the round, such as distance walked and calories burned.

To update your device, just hook it up via USB and run MOTOCAST. If the update doesn't start, you can go to DEVICE > Check for Device Upgrade (in MOTOCAST USB).

Source: Motorola

Artem Russakovskii
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  • sriracha

    who owns one? like it? battery life? usefulness outside of sporting activities?

    this addition of golf tracking just made me very interested.. very interested indeed.

    thanks Artem (for making me covet thy neighbors watch)!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I asked some folks here, and those who own seem to like it.

      3.8/5 on Amazon, not too bad.

      • sriracha

        looks like ramen and bologna for a couple weeks now that CWM recovery works on the watch.. must. have. +5 Watch of Geekery.

    • Sstinson

      I am having issues after the last "Golf Update". battery life was good before that but now its inaccurately displaying power level (shuts down when at 20%), goes into a bootloader mode when you try to reboot.  I assume they will fix this but they just told me to ship it to evaluate. of course that's on my dime, not theirs.... Hold onto your other devices for now. I think Moto might have bit off more than it can chew on this one. Too bad as its a great device - when it works.

  • Danny

    I have one, and I love it. I use it for running, and tried out skiing the other day. Battery life was an issue initially, but after software updates it isn't an issue for me. After 4 hours of skiing it still had 60% battery left. After a two hour run with streaming bluetooth music, the battery had 60% left. The battery lasts a couple days for me when not tracking a workout. I also think it's cool that I can stream music from my watch to my car stereo (bluetooth enabled stereo).

    • sriracha

      if you've used it for skiing i can assume it's fairly water resistant and cold resistant. you find the online portions of tracking and such useful as well? any complaints about either?

      for $250 i can find uses for this to justify buying one. just been reading over the MOTOACTV link, very appealing, unless they decide to release an ICS version right after i go buy one.

      thanks for the comment. i'll be buying one right after i win the $640M jackpot this weekend, or in a few months if i somehow don't win..

  • Duane

    I have one for tracking my running and cycling, totally awesome but won't be downloading this update just for golf as I have no intention of playing and would rather not have the additional bloat or another screen to flick through.

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