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Garmin adds public transit and Street View to its nav app, but who will pay?

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Garmin adds public transit and Street View to its nav app, but who will pay?
We've covered this pretty thoroughly over the past day, but just to summarize: Apple's new iOS Maps app has been a disappointment to a lot of users. In a good bit of timing, update have been approved for Garmin's navigation apps in the iTunes App Store. The good news is that the apps add features that don't exist in Apple's Maps app, but the bad news is that these apps are pretty expensive. 

The Navigon and StreetPilot Onboard apps have been updated, and now have public transportation options including subways, trams, buses and water taxis, and Street View straight from Google's own databases. The apps are on sale, but even at that it may be hard to get the majority of users to opt for a paid option, especially when Google's own (most likely free) app is on its way. 

StreetPilot USA will cost you $39.99 ($44.99 for all of North America). Navigon USA is the same $39.99, and has a the cheaper $24.99 MyRegion version if you don't often travel much. But, maybe worst of all is even after dropping upwards of $40, public transit is a separate $2.99 in-app purchase. 

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posted on 20 Sep 2012, 20:51 4

1. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

$40 is high, but not as high as driving off a bridge costs you when you use Apple Maps :)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 13:05

11. torr310 (Posts: 1085; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

That's why getting an Apple is expensive: You need to spend more on the other accessories. Just look at how much cash Apple have now.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 21:38 1

2. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2287; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Lol wow,, the price, too pay for something , that comes preloaded on android devices,, samsung was right,, It doesn't take a genius! !!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 00:37 2

8. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

No, something you can download for free & use offline on Nokia phones...with more indoor navigation than Google maps

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 22:13

3. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Hmmm I already own Garmin USA for iOS, tom tom and navigon too, I only have maps and Sygic for my Android devices, sygic allows use offline due to downloaded maps...

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 22:30 4

4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

This is your only choice when you buy an expensive iPhone that has beta(unfinished) map app. Sorry apple users, without google maps yet on your phone, you got to be patient. :)

And how cruel for apple releasing an unfinished map system and making its consumers as beta users. :3 they should have thoroughly checked the whole system before releasing it.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 23:23

5. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Look at all of the complaining. The app is new. Google maps wasn't perfect when it first came out and it still isn't.

They will continue updating unlike some others.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 23:43 1

6. Savage (unregistered)

Sure, if Apple wishes, you are welcome to enjoy services that are sub-par when it doesn't have to be like this. You'd rather use Apple-Maps with soo many mistakes or wait for a better alternative till Apple perfects their's? And who doesn't update their maps?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 00:35 1

7. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)

Let me get this straight, Apple acquired/merged 3 different mapping companies and decided to ditch Google maps on iOS which is like a 7 on a scale from 1 to 10 just so they could push out their own which is like a 2?
I'm sorry but no matter how bad Google maps was when it was first released it doesn't give Apple the ability to do worse 7 years later. Especially when Apple got the resources from 3 companies a couple years ago.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 01:28 1

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

This is what happens when companies start to think that they know better what you need than anyone else. Apple's desire to get Google out of iOS was burning a hole in their brain that overrode any consideration of what would be best for the customer. Heck, they probably rationalized removing Google maps by saying if their customers really needed a mapping solution, there were already existing apps (Navigon, Armin, etc.) for that. Apple's Maps app is a cruel joke. It is even less ready for prime time than Siri was when the iP4S was released.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 00:49

9. Luuthian (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

Can someone explain to me how Garmin can even compete against Google? Lack of compeition (temporarily) on the iOS platform or not, who in their right mind is going to pay for something that has been a freebie for years? Especially at sky high prices like $44?

Apple's maps aren't that devastatingly poor. I don't see garmin making any money on this endeavour.

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