Garmin Viago 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Garmin Viago 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

GPS navigation giant Garmin has released a new consumer navigation app in the App Store which seeks to offer a reasonable tradeoff between basic features and more advanced stuff found in significantly more expensive navigation software for the iPhone.

Featuring the latest maps from the Nokia’s Here service (formerly Navteq) licensed worldwide and costing 99 cents ($1.99 after July 13), Viago allows you to search addresses and points of interests anywhere in the world, with turn-by-turn navigation available within your region.

Advanced features such as landmark-based directions and active lane guidance that simplifies junction navigation are paid upgrades just a tap away.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal…

The app shows you your current street, speed and speed limit information. You’ll also love a handy lane assist feature with photoReal junction views for a realistic look at interchanges ahead (where data is available).

Other capabilities are available optionally via In-App Purchase upgrades.

The app comes with support for online navigation, with paid Maps to Go offline navigation available in Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East and Russia, costing $9.99 each.

The following features are available as paid upgrades:

  • Downloadable Maps to Go allow you to navigate without a data connection and avoid roaming fees
  • Choose full or regional coverage maps
  • Traffic Live provides real-time traffic information with automatic rerouting
  • Directions with spoken street names and 3-D building representations help you with your orientation
  • Garmin Real Directions guide using landmarks, significant buildings and traffic lights, such as, “Turn left after the clock tower”
  • Mobile Alert Live provides alerts for mobile speed cameras as reported by fellow drivers (not permitted in all countries)
  • Safety Kit helps you avoid trouble with speed and safety camera warnings (not permitted in all countries), active lane guidance and alternative routes
  • Panorama View 3-D shows you the surrounding terrain, including mountains, hills and valleys
  • Urban Guidance helps you navigate major cities on foot or by using public transportation
  • Bonus Package: A Free option that lets you customize the look of your app with various map themes and vehicle icons

Buy Viago in the App Store for $0.99.

Th app requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 7.0 or later.

  • Coffee3p

    But it’s not available in Denmark (yet?). Don’t know about the availability in the rest of Europe though.

    • Michael Christensen

      same in Sweden :

      • Karolis Makrickas

        type ì instead of i, and you will find 🙂 BTW, don’t work with iOS 8 yet…

      • Michael Christensen

        I can find it just fine, it just says that it is not available

  • Matt

    So far my favorite navigation app

    • Steve R.

      Would you consider it better than Google Maps?

      • Matt

        I personally think so because this is pretty much a Garmin GPS system. It let’s you see the speed your traveling at, the speed limit, photo realistic views for exits etc.
        but then again some of these features are available on Vaze for example. Also the app has in app purchases all of which cost $10.
        I personally really like the app, but if Google maps or Vaze satisfy you and get you to your destination, then there is no need to pay the $1 plus the tempting in-app purchases 😀
        I think the reason why I got it and why I like is because I’ve always like Garmin so yeah…

      • Karolis Makrickas

        Google and Vaze isn’t useful if you traveling in other country… ’cause of internet data; downloaded maps are always better in this case. They don’t write anywhere, but in-app purchase prices for different parts of the world cost 9,99. For example – Europe (9.99) or US (9.99).


    Navteq used to be THE top mapping and navigation software system
    for consumers in the 90’s, but over the years it has slowly faded away in light
    of Google Maps, Tom-Tom and other smaller contenders such as Waze (personal
    favorite) and MotionX GPS. I don’t know if Nokia continued developing its
    mapping system while all these new players entered the market, but how does
    Viago compare to Google Maps? Not in price, but in providing accurate mapping from
    point A to point B. Any feedback from anyone is appreciated. Thank you.

    • Guest

      Well I can tell you that in Seattle, Google Maps is absolutely useless. The only thing worse is Waze, so surely this can’t be any worse. I mean, navigating using smoke signals would be better.


        I’m sorry to hear that Waze & Google Maps are garbage in
        Seattle. I find them to be very solid in Northern California. I typically have Waze running in the background to notify me of cops filling a quota. Would you mind sharing with us the name of the application you use?

      • Karolis Makrickas

        ’cause this is Apple website, I think he like most of the users here use Apple Maps.


        I’m not sure that’s the case. While Apple’s map application
        has improved since it was first announced, it’s still very far behind when it comes to features and not very reliable. The application is great for getting you near the destination, but its routes are not very intelligent and finding the actual destination is a hit and miss.

        I personally play with Apple’s map application, but do not rely on it. I do look forward to the day that I can make it my default navigation application, but for now that duty is handed off to Google Maps & Tom Tom.

      • Karolis Makrickas

        Did you ever get lost using Apple maps? Any map application is good if you use your head first, and only after that fallow the instructions. There are road signs and street names everywhere, especially in US. You can travel in NYC without navigation just fine. The only thing (for me) where Apple maps sucks is that you have to enter full street name if the street have a person name and surname. For example if the street is F.Kennedy and you enter only Kennedy it won’t find. And usually you only know the surname of the famous people, not name and surname 😉


        I have been lost using Apple’s Map application and it wasn’t due to my inability to use my brain, it was raining and reading signs was really difficult, so I gave the application the benefit of the doubt. The application did well to navigate me to the area, but failed in its execution. The end result consisted of me being near my destination, but being unable to access it (airport walls).

        As for NYC, it’s probably one of the few place in the world you don’t need a navigation map or even a car (love their public transportation system). While I do wish the rest of the nation would implement the ease and accessibility of NYC transportation network, it’s really more the exception than the rule.

      • Karolis Makrickas

        Maybe that’s will be true one day 🙂 Try to navigate in Europe where there is U turns and round-abounds on every second street 🙂

    • Rowan09

      Navteq is powering in my cars navigation system. I never heard of Google maps running car navigation just mobile and web.


        You are right; Google Maps has not been integrated into a car’s native navigation system, which is why we are discussing iOS navigation applications. I personally prefer the mobile platform, because it provides an avenue for features and updates to be rolled out a lot sooner; a short coming of OEM and aftermarket car navigation systems.

        I personally look forward to the full development of Airplay for the car, in hopes of it combining both the freedom of the mobile market, with the integration and clean look of an OEM system.

      • Rowan09

        I agree it cost too much for car navigation upgrades.

  • Saulo Benigno

    Downloaded here, but it’s unable to connect to the server 🙁

  • Nesly Lacroix

    With Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze among others available, I don’t see this taking off. Especially, with IAP upgrades.

    • Damian

      the IAP are pretty bad. 10 bucks for each separate function. I guess if you want to use only one of them it would not be a bad deal. Otherwise this is pretty expansive IAP

      • Byron C Mayes

        The primary benefit of the IAPs is offline navigation. You can’t get that for $10 in any other app, not even Garmin’s apps.

        If you don’t need that because you have unlimited data, then the freebies should be fine. If you want offline maps and for some reason need all of those other features (and most don’t), you should be buying the $40-60 full-featured apps from Garvin, TomTom, Navigon, etc.

  • iBanks

    So… They buy Navigon only to release a separate app and pretty much the same app.

    • Rowan09

      I love Navigon.

      • iBanks

        I bought it back when it first launched with all available IAP’s but once Waze came out, I’ve stuck with it ever since. Once Google bought Waze, I tried to go back to Navigon and thought about purchasing the HUD, but knowing where the police are posted up is a great thing to know so Waze has been my “go to”

  • Beat Modz

    Doesnt work for me. Probably because my iPhone is jailbroken. If anyone has a solution let me know, thanks..

  • Guest

    This is what i get !! Jailbroken 7.04

    • Kilroy672

      I was going to try this but now I guess I wont. Unless they can work around the jailbreak then maybe. In the meantime I’ll stick with Google maps.

    • Saulo Benigno

      I got no problem on that. And I’m jailbroken too.

      First I got server error, but now it’s all ok.

  • Fletch

    Not available in the New Zealand store, which is strange, being that the description mentions Maps To Go offline navigation with maps of New Zealand.

  • Brett Griffin

    No available in Australia at the moment.

  • Byron C Mayes

    This app potentially fills a much needed niche: an offline nav app priced somewhere between the freebies (that use data) and the full-featured apps (that cost $40 and up). Nobody, not even Garmin’s full apps, gives you all of N America — Canada, US, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean — as offline nav for just $10.

    Unfortunately the app itself is lacking. Interface is not car-friendly. The search function doesn’t work. You can’t use “Company” records from your address book (it just won’t see them). It all feels rushed out the door. Maybe TomTom or someone else is coming out with offline nav in this price range and they had to beat them to it?