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GARMIN Nüvi 1490T Firmware Upgrades

Firmware: V5.40 - V5.30 - V5.20 - V5.10 - V5.00 - V4.90 - V4.70 - V4.60 - V4.50 - V4.40 - V4.20 - V4.10 - V4.00 - V3.90 - V3.70 - V3.60 - V3.40 - V3.30 - V3.20 - V3.00 - 2.70

The following lists of changes are based on information provided by GARMIN. Changes or improvements which we consider important or especially useful are shown highlighted.

To view the current firmware version, complete the following steps:

  1. Turn on the GPS.
  2. Touch "Tools".
  3. Touch "Settings".
  4. Touch "System".
  5. Touch "About"
  6. The system will display the firmware version in the second top row on the right hand side ("Software Version"), the unit ID is shown on the left hand side.
  7. Touch "Back" to return to the previous page.

An update with Web-Updater installs the latest version of the firmware on the GPS and requires an Internet connection. You may install additional software components, such as language files, if available. If there are maps installed on the GPS, these maps will not be updated.


Changes made from version 5.30 to 5.40:

  1. Fixed an error that sometimes caused the loss of audio and Bluetooth after a software update.
  2. Improved software stability.

Firmware Upgrade V5.40 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 5.20 to 5.30:

  1. Fixed an error that caused some third-party maps to draw incorrectly.

Firmware Upgrade V5.30 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 5.10 to 5.20:

  1. Made several map-drawing improvements.
  2. Fixed several FMI-related issues.
  3. Fixed an error that caused the wrong keyboard to display for certain regions.
  4. Fixed an error that caused audio and Bluetooth features to not function unless the unit was restarted.
  5. Fixed an error that caused the device to prompt users to turn the wrong direction on certain routes.
  6. Fixed an error that caused routes to calculate slowly.

Firmware Upgrade V5.20 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 5.00 to 5.10:

  1. Added Brazilian Portuguese Language Support.
  2. Corrected Greek Language Support.

Firmware Upgrade V5.10 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 4.90 to 5.00:

  1. Added support 'Recommended by Mapa' on extended listing Points of Interest in Israel.
  2. Added support for mobile safety cameras in Russia and corrected an issue displaying the full safety camera text.
  3. Corrected several FMI-related issues (FMI = Fleet Management Interface).
  4. Corrected several issues with ecoRoute HD.
  5. Corrected several issues with the Language Guide.
  6. Corrected an issue that prevented addresses with letters in them from displaying properly when typed in the keyboard.
  7. Corrected an issue displaying the full text for Safety Cameras.
  8. Corrected an issue that caused screen flicker on the wide screen unit displays.
  9. Improved stability.

Firmware Upgrade V5.00 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 4.70 to 4.90:

  1. Fixed issue with junction view files not updating properly during a map update.
  2. Fixed issue with audio intermittently not working.
  3. Fixed issue with Australia Topo map turning off the unit in certain conditions.

Firmware Upgrade V4.90 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 4.60 to 4.70:

  1. Added support for GTM26/GTM36 accessory.
  2. Corrected an issue that sometimes made an ad unreadable.
  3. Corrected an issue with Loc8 Zone B.
  4. Corrected an issue where Convenience stores would show under Fuel category on Europe 2011 maps.

Firmware Upgrade V4.70 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 4.50 to 4.60:

  1. Fixed an issue where the Fleet Management Interface Estimated Time of Arrival can be off.
  2. Added unlock support for loc8 files.

Firmware Upgrade V4.60 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 4.40 to 4.50:

IMPORTANT: If your device is running software versions 4.30 or 4.40 your favorites will be erased with this update !
- Please follow these instructions to backup and restore your favorits on a PC or on a MAC.

  1. Fixed a problem in software versions 4.30 and 4.40 with Favorites after a software upgrade.
  2. Corrected a problem related to starting up the unit in mass storage mode.
  3. Improved software updating process from update cards and GCD files.
  4. Added location of Language Guide files.

Firmware Upgrade V4.50 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 4.20 to 4.40:

  1. Added Loc8 Postal Code functionality for Ireland.
  2. Corrected issue that could cause unit to remain stuck on copyright screen.
  3. Corrected issue that could cause unexpected shutdown when satellite reception is temporarily lost.

Firmware Upgrade V4.40 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 4.10 to 4.20:

  1. Added support for Luxembourg and Netherlands traffic and safety cameras.
  2. Improved ecoRoute accessory connection handling.

Firmware Upgrade V4.20 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 4.00 to 4.10:

  1. Added support for the ecoRoute HD accessory.
  2. Corrected an issue that can cause the unit to turn off and not resume until the power button is held for 10 seconds.
  3. Corrected an issue that sometimes made it impossible to select a country during an address search.
  4. Corrected an issue so a via point can now be inserted between the current location and first via point in the 1400 series route planner.
  5. Corrected several issues with Bluetooth connections.
  6. Corrected an issue where the unit would ask for the Garmin Lock pin when connected to a computer if the pin was previously entered.
  7. Corrected traffic on the opposite side of a highway generating traffic warnings.
  8. Corrected an issue that could cause the Area C warning to not display properly when using Israeli maps.
  9. Corrected to slightly increase the time before a loss of external power is determined to avoid false external power lost messages.
  10. Corrected the ecoChallenge score to no longer display in bicycle mode.
  11. Corrected the unit converter so it will no longer allow multiple decimal points.
  12. Corrected incorrect handling of percent functions on the calculator.
  13. Added support for fleet management interface 40 Data Cable for North America.

Firmware Upgrade V4.10 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 3.90 to 4.00:

NOTE: This update will delete the contents of the GPX\GPX folder on the unit, which contains trip log archives.

  1. Corrected an issue that can cause the unit to hang on startup.

Firmware Upgrade V4.00 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 3.70 to 3.90:

  1. Corrected an issue that can improve performance with traffic information.

Firmware Upgrade V3.90 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 3.60 to 3.70:

  1. Corrected an issue that could cause the text language selection to revert to American English with older Traffic translations.
  2. Corrected issues with the fleet management interface.

Firmware Upgrade V3.70 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 3.40 to 3.60:

  1. Added Garmin Language Guide support.
  2. Added Bus Station, Train Station and Commuter Rail into Points of Interest->Transit Category.
  3. Added support for Fleet Management.
  4. Corrected an issue that could cause breaks in Trip logs.
  5. Improved city search when using cityXplorer maps.
  6. Corrected possible shutdowns when connected to Traffic receiver and navigating.
  7. If Garmin lock is enabled then the nuvi will not go to USB Mass Storage mode unless the pin is entered.
  8. Corrected possible shutdown after viewing multiple Junction Views along a route.
  9. Bluetooth microphone will be un-muted automatically after a call if muted during that call.
  10. Corrected miscellaneous issues with Right to Left language display.
  11. Corrected some issues with Russian Maps.
  12. ecoRoute statistics will not display in Bicycle and Pedestrian modes on power off.
  13. Corrected possible freeze when cancelling an intersection search.
  14. Corrected an issue that could cause a Pedestrian route to not calculate correctly.
  15. Corrected an issue that could cause a shutdown with 7 lanes in lane assist.
  16. Corrected an issue that could cause multiple 'Saved to Favorites' windows.

Firmware Upgrade V3.60 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 3.30 to 3.40:

  1. Enhanced ecoRoute experience.
  2. Stop button now allows cancellation of a route calculation on the main page.
  3. Corrected an issue where some roundabouts would not show the roundabout icon.
  4. Corrected city search when using the World Clock to display all cities, not just those for which detailed maps are available.
  5. Corrected behavior of the vehicle selection page.
  6. Added a timeout for Bluetooth connections.
  7. Corrected text alignment issues in right to left languages.
  8. Fixed a shut down that could occur if searching for an intersection.
  9. Added ability to change the phone number of built in Points of Interest.
  10. Corrected unexpected behavior when adding a stop to a route in the 1400 series.

Firmware Upgrade V3.40 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 3.20 to 3.30:

  1. Corrected cityXplorer maps disappearing after a map update.
  2. Corrected lane guidance not appearing on longer routes.
  3. Corrected issue where audio may not work at startup until the volume is adjusted.
  4. Corrected an issue that could cause building footprints to not display in certain third party maps.
  5. Enhanced reliability of Bluetooth pairing.

Firmware Upgrade V3.30 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 3.00 to 3.20:

  1. Correct items overlapping on the map.
  2. Correct display of additional content in GPI data.
  3. Make phone number in GPI content dialable.
  4. All user favorites are now shown in the list (not just nearest 50).
  5. Correct some connection issues in public transit navigation.
  6. Correct issue that sometimes changed automotive routes to pedestrian routes after off-route recalculation.
  7. Correct issue that sometimes caused automotive routes to change to point to point routes after power cycle.
  8. Correct issues with Bluetooth audio and pairing.
  9. Correct issue that could cause unit to shutdown with very large phonebook transfers.

Firmware Upgrade V3.20 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 2.70 to 3.00:

WARNING: This software update may require favorites to be reloaded. We therefore suggest to transfer your favorites to a computer before installing this update.
- Please follow these instructions to backup and restore your favorits on a PC or on a MAC.

  1. Correct issue installing Map Updates on a Mac.
  2. Correct issue maintaining more than 128 favorites.
  3. Correct issue with deleting 2-5 letter POIs.
  4. Correct issue with MSN receiver software failing to download.
  5. Correct backlight settings handling.
  6. Correct ecoRoute challenge score accumulating in charge mode.
  7. Correct problems with right to left language display.
  8. Correct issues where the map navigation bar information could get cut off or appear extremely small.
  9. Correct issue where the text language did not change when selected.
  10. Correct issue with lane assist when there were more than 7 lanes.
  11. Correct units selection for the UK.
  12. Correct issues with international dialing.

Firmware Upgrade V3.00 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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Changes made from version 2.60 to 2.70:

  1. Added ability to provide star ratings for built in Points of Interest.
  2. Added ability to close built in Points of Interest.
  3. Improved usability of Bluetooth features.
  4. Improved Custom POI handling.
  5. Correct potential shutdown issue due to proximity/speed alerts.

Firmware Upgrade V2.70 (Please use Web-Updater to install the latest firmware)

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GARMIN Nuvi 1490t The model GARMIN Nüvi 1490T provides fast automatic route calculation - including multiple intermediate destinations if required - plus visual and voice guidance. The lane assistant indicates the correct path in great detail if there are multiple lanes. There is also a TMC receiver included to incorporate traffic news. The Nüvi 1490T is easy to use, has a large, easy to read color display with touch screen, an extremely sensitive antenna and an integrated worldwide base map. It is very well suited as a navigation system in cars, but you may also use it as a hand held device. It has built-in memory to store detailed maps with even more information, such as local roads, hotels, restaurants, public buildings and points of interest. This model comes with pre-loaded maps of all of Europe. This model also has a speech computer to announce the names of the streets. The Nüvi 1490T is equipped with a BlueTooth interface to communicate with mobile phones which have the required communication capabilities in order to call car rental offices, hotels, restaurants etc. whose phone numbers are stored on the GPS with a single touch on the screen. It can also act as a hands-free extension set to the phones. In addition, the GPS has a slot for an optional microSD memory module to store additional maps or data and an USB connector to exchange data with a computer. The device is powered by a rechargeable battery, see detailed description.

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