Garmin's new viago navigation app offers premium features starting at just $1

Garmin's new viago navigation app offers premium features starting at just $1
Navigation specialist Garmin is offering a new app that provides premium navigation features, starting at a low price. Named viago, the app is available from both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. From now until July 12th, the price of viago is just $1, and it will double to $2 starting on July 13th.

Unlike most free turn-by-turn navigation apps, viago offers lane assist, which tells you exactly which lane you should be in when making a turn. Actually, this is a feature that Google has recently added to its turn-by-turn navigation service. Garmin's new app does offer photos of  junctions and other "complex" roads. This enables you to drive through unfamiliar territory without having to decipher a colorful, cartoonish look at the asphalt in front of you.

Also making driving easier is the use of 3D representations of nearby buildings and landmarks. And Garmin's Real Directions guide will have you following spoken instructions without a problem. For example, you might be more easily able to follow a direction that says, "Turn left after the clock tower".

If you have a heavy right pedal foot, viago can be of help since it not only checks your speed, it also will display the speed limit of the road you are traveling on. Current weather and traffic conditions are also available. And after you install the app for the first time, you will have the option of buying updated maps from Nokia HERE as an in-app purchase. These updated maps are $9.99 each until July 13th, at which time they are bumped higher to $19.99 each. And the Maps to Go feature will allow you to navigate, even without an internet connection.

While the $1 price of Garmin's viago sounds like a steal (even at $2 starting July 13th, the app sounds like an out and out bargain) we should warn you that it could cost as much as $20 to add all of the extras that are free on the navigation app you currently use. One example of this would be mass transit directions, which are free on other mapping apps but will have you reaching for your credit card with viago.


source: viago (Android) via AndroidCenter

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11 Comments

2. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Offline Maps on iOS and Android, Thanks Nokia! Though I own an iOS and Android phone as well, I'll keep using my free offline navigation with Here Drive on my Windows Phones and Symbian Phones. Some parts of Illinois and Indiana are dead zones and a couple of weeks ago, the map disappeared on Google Maps on my friends Android phone due to a loss of signal. We used Here Drive (I downloaded 5 states) and offline Nokia Music all the way home. It was nice to have those options for free.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7467; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is the garmin app. It also has offline maps as well. Besides its only a $1 right now. You make it sound like here maps is the only offline maps application. There are a few of them on the play store. Not to mention with Google maps you can save large sections of maps just by typing in 'OK maps'.

11. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

garmin use navteq data, if you dont know navteq become nokia maps and now it become here maps so garmin use here maps to provide gps services. http://www.cnet.com/news/garmin-switches-to-navteq-maps-offers-free-lifetime-map-updates/ and those playstore alternatives all of them use here data.

3. maherk

Posts: 6973; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I paid almost $30 for Sygic, and it is the worst $30 I ve ever spent. Their updates are always a downgrade, so many crashes, I be had it for 8 months now and not a single new feature was added. The worst part is when it messes up with the routes while driving.

13. ady_lad

Posts: 83; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

Try Navfree mate, it's free and quite good for navigation.

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

In terms of mobile navigation, nothing beats Nokia. It might be the thing I miss the most from my N9. If they launched a paid app on Android, I would definitely but it!

5. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Nothing can beat Here Maps.

12. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

Yeahnokia free navigation and here maps beats em all

6. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Please change the title of this article, it is missleading people! "Garmin's new viago navigation app offers premium features starting at just $1" Viago DOES NOT offers premium features starting at just $1! The app costs indeed 1$ but you get NOTHING for it! It is just the empty shell where you need to do the in-app purchase for everything. So you practically don't get anything "premium" for the one dollar you spent, you need a little bit more of that to get to the premium features... roughly $60-70. Caveat emptor! Consider yourself warned!

8. NE_BE

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 21, 2013

I Still use navigon, which is owned by garmin and uses here maps... And it's awesome

10. adrialk

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Crashes immediately on my Droid MAXX (XT1080M)

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