Garmin launches viago into the App Store, lets you build a navigation app piece-by-piece

image Garmin Viago app

Garmin, a company that has done everything it can to help you not get lost when you’re out navigating the roads of the world, has released a new app into the iOS App Store that should appeal to those who don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of money on a navigation app, but wouldn’t mind picking individual features out if the need arises. As we’ve seen from other apps focused on navigation in the past, spending a large lump sum right from the start is usually the path well traveled. Garmin’s ready to provide an alternate route.

Announced today via the company’s official blog, the release of a new premium navigation application they’re calling viago. The app starts at $1.99, and Garmin is quick to point out in the official press release that the app includes plenty of features right out of the gate that free navigation apps do not include. That includes, but is certainly not limited to, off-board maps for regions all across the world courtesy of HERE, speed limit display and current speed while traveling, and in-map traffic displays.

Of course, that’s not all that viago can do. The app is from Garmin, so you’d expect things like off-line sync to use the digital maps without a data connection, real-time traffic with automatic re-routing, and 3D terrain view. With so much more, all with the focus of making traveling easier.

Like many other companies, Garmin knows that not everyone wants to spend a lot of money for features they might not use, so offering them piecemeal is one way to get around that. That’s where premium, in-app purchases come in. The off-line maps, real-time traffic and automatic re-routing, 3D terrain, and other features are all extra that you’ll have to buy individually (or in packages) if you want access to them. The new app is also the first to include Garmin Real Directions, which provides directions “just like a friend would,” using recognizable landmarks, buildings and even traffic lights.

The app, and all of its individual features if you want them, is available right now in the App Store for $1.99. (As of the time of this writing, it is on sale for $0.99.) It’s compatible with: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

[via Garmin]

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