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Garmin Navigon sat nav apps to go off sale

Sat nav app brand withdraws nearly all products from the market

Garmin’s Navigon sat nav apps are to be withdrawn from sale from 14 May, the company announced today.

The move affects all of its vehicle navigation apps – the most relevant to UK users is Navigon Europe for Android and iOS devices.

Garmin is citing ‘strategic reasons’ for the decision. This will end a 25-year run for the German brand, which Garmin acquired in 2011. However, with a cost structure for the apps that included a hefty initial purchase price, as well as annual subscriptions for premium features such as live traffic services, it would appear to have struggled against a raft of free-to-download competition from the likes of Google and Waze.

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Is my Garmin Navigon app affected?

Almost certainly – the only exception is a version of the software known as ‘Select’, which is only available in Germany.

If you’re currently using a Navigon app and have paid for ‘FreshMaps’, subscriptions or in-app features, these will continue to be available until the end of your current subscription, which are normally monthly or yearly.

Users who took out the ‘Unlimited Navigation’ option will be able to use the service for a further two years.

However, Navigon users will no longer be able to update subscriptions or make further in-app purchases after 14 May.

Android users beware

While iOS users won’t have to take any action at the end of their subscription, Garmin has warned that Android users will need to manually cancel it or risk being charged a renewal fee, despite support being dropped next month. The brand has posted instructions on how to cancel subscriptions on its support site, which will continue to be available to app owners.

Should you need to reset or change your phone, you’ll still be able to download and use the Navigon app from your app store library, provided you don’t change operating system (for instance from Apple to Android), as they are separate products.

Can’t decide whether a smartphone app or dedicated sat nav unit would be the best solution for you? Head to our guide to how to buy the best sat nav.

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