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Software on Garmin VivoActive updated to version 3.30

Garmin updates software for VivoActive


Garmin VivoActive

What’s updated:

  • Connect IQ to support version 1.2
  • Fixed translation issues
  • Improved synchronization with Garmin Connect Mobile
  • Added menu option to control Bluetooth connected/disconnected alert, set alert to off by default
  • Improved Bluetooth connection handling
  • Fixed a distance accumulation bug related to GPS
  • Fixed calorie calculation when swimming

To update the

Probably the easiest way to update the software on your vivoactive, would be with the Garmin Express.

Review on Garmin Vivoactive here.


What navigation software can be used on my iPhone in Thailand?

Navigation software for iPhone in Thailand

There are at least 4 options worth mentioning:

  1. Garmin Thailand (USD 29,99): it doesn’t have have great reviews on iTunes at the moment for version 2014.20. Latest listed is version 2014.20, but I got updated directly on my iPhone to version 2105.10
  2. NOSTRA, which provides FREE map with lots of Points of Interest. Also some extra features included in the latest update, such as fuel prices   (related article: “Free Thai map for navigation on your iPhone/iPad updated”)
  3. Sygic: latest update dated October 2015 (now only USD 19,99; not long ago it was USD 33.99; could be a promo price). It covers: Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau. What’s interesting, it states in the description: “FEATURES
    • High quality TomTom maps stored on iPhone ….“; the key word here is “TomTom” 😉
  4. TomTom:  USD 74.99 – Thailand only, there is also South East Asia map for USD 69.99, which covers: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Bhutan;


PAPAGO I M8 Thailand (USD 24.99)

The order listed above, has nothing to do with my preferences 😉

If you would like to share some more options, send me an e-mail; or comment here

BaseCamp from Garmin Updated

Garmin Updates BaseCamp for Windows and Mac

Changes made from the previous version:

  • Fixed an issue where BaseCamp was not responding if a certain GPI file (006D135900.GPI) was present on the device.
  • Fixed an issue where BaseCamp did not seem to recognize some MTP devices (it was taking several minutes for BaseCamp to display the device). Device detection of such devices should now be much faster.
  • Fixed an issue with Garmin cloud where syncing between Mac and PC would not work properly.
  • Fixed an issue with ‘Restore from Previous Version’.
  • Fixed an issue where using the city finder (in the Find Options ‘Location’ textbox) would lead to a crash if the map did not support city searches.
  • Fixed an issue with city search on the Global Map.
  • Fixed an issue with user data search.
  • Fixed a start-up issue.

Taken from Garmin International Support

To download for Windows click hereTo download for Mac click here

BaseCamp is a free mapping software from Garmin. It replaces MapSource software and is provided to help us in managing the data sotred on our devices.

Rediscovering Garmin – Third-Party Maps

During the years Garmin and its services are changing and improving, often without us noticing. Every time when I get to browse through the content of the http://www.garmin.com I’m discovering new content, very often of a big value for GPS users both: beginners and pro.

Today: Third-Party Maps

I find Garmin as the most complex GPS technology provider in hardware as well as in software. Garmin maps cover most of the countries around the world and there is no other company doing that much for the GPS communities as Garmin. If you already purchased the cheapest possible GPS, you know what I’m talking about. Very often these kind of units don’t even have a map for the country you bought it, not mention any maps for other countries. Then, support or any info available on the internet is practically nonexistent.
Try to compare to Garmin’s support and info in thousands of forums and communities accessible online. Also maps:  if you can’t find a map offered by Garmin, most probably you will be able to find other GPS entusiasts who are willing to share their maps, tracks or POIs usually for free. 

On Garmin’s website you will find a list of maps offered by developers from around the world. This includes:
Argentina, Australia, Brazil,Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Hungary, India, Jamaica, Latvia, Lithuania, Peru, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Turkey, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA.

If you are a world traveler and use a GPS:

  1. What’s your brand choice?
  2. Do you find it possible to get maps coverage for the area you travel?
  3. Would you agree with me that Garmin has more to offer to the GPS users than any other GPS brand?

Related Links: Garmin, Garmin Third-Party Maps, Garmin – Buy Maps


NOSTRA provides free app for iOS

Free Thailand Map for iPad and iPhone

NOSTRA (the same map provider as for our Garmin devices), introduced FREE map for Thailand compatible with iPhone (optimized for iPhone 5), iPad and iPod Touch.

There have been some complaints, but…it’s a very detailed map for Thailand and it’s completely free. Provides routing and over 830,000 points of interest (hotels, bars, restaurants, gas stations, etc.)
Available in two languages: Thai and English.

You can install it directly from your device by clicking “App Store” icon. Then search for NOSTRA.


Related Links: NOSTRA Map for Thailand

Did you know? Garmin China Map

Among every time larger choice of apps form Garmin, there is also Garmin China App. At the moment you can buy it in promotion (50% off) for USD 5.99 – valid until 15 October, 2012.

Map included in this app, covers China, Hong Kong and Macau and supports PhotoReal Junction View and 3D buildings, lane assist, location sharing to SMS, traffic conditions, turn-by-turn directions and more.

Language – Chinese, but also includes: English, Indonesian, Malay, and Thai. Size: 521 MB. I thought that just the map for China will be over 1 GB.

Compatible devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th and 5th), iPad (iOS 4.0 or later).

To purchase the app, go to iTunes in your browser: http://itunes.apple.com/ph/app/garmin-china/id552285382?mt=8 or start iTunes on your computer and search for “Garmin China”.



GARMIN THAILAND map update – TSM v.2012.30

The GPS Garmin map for Thailand has been updated to version 2012.30. Formal name: Thailand Street Map version 2012.30 (TSM v.2012.30).

What’s new:

  • Update Thailand road data.
  • Update 820,000 points of interest (POIs) for navigation.
  • Introduce Nostra Guide data including categories such as shopping, attractions, and restaurant.
  • Update Junction Views in Bangkok and Chiang Mai (for compatible devices only).
  • Add warning sound and message when approaching traffic light.
  • Add new 3-D buildings in Bangkok and terrain views for up-country (for compatible devices only).
  • Update telephone numbers (navigable).
  • Support traffic report* (for compatible devices only).
  • Update Lane Info for Bangkok, Greater Bangkok, and major cities in Thailand.
  • Support automatic Thai/English map switching for dual language map (for compatible devices only).
  • Improve text-to-speech or TTS (for compatible devices only).
  • Support intersections search (for compatible devices only).
  • Support parking lots search (for compatible devices only).
Memory requirements for TSM v.2012.30:
Thai language map = 217 MB
English language map = 199 MB
Dual map (Thai and English) = 304 MB
How to update the map:
1. For units under warranty (no more than 1 year from purchase date) and  eligible for  Free Life Time Map Update (nuvi series: 215W, or 2465, 2565, 2575, 3770, 3790V purchased on or after 1st July, 2012) – visit and register on http://www.gpssociety.com (Thai, English)
2. Otherwise, contact us (e-mail Eagle GPS Co., Ltd.) or your local distributor for details.

Garmin BaseCamp app for mobile

Yes, now this app (BaseCamp) is also available for iPhone. But…compatible with iPhone 4S and the latest iPhone 5 only. I’m the owner of 3GS and unfortunately this app does not wrok on m y mobile. I guess that’s a good excuse to upgrade for the iPhone 5.

The purpose of this app is to go together with the latest wrist-worn GPS from Garmin – FENIX (available on Garmin website for USD 399.99; at the time of writing this post, Garmin proceses the orders for Fenix during 3-5 weeks; would that mean lack of stock because of its popularity?). I wonder you had the chance to play already with this model. I’m expecting a sample during the next few days. Here are some first few words about fenix release on our blog

Here is some description of the BaseCampe taken from Garmin International Blog : “BaseCamp Mobile utilizes Bluetooth® low energy (BLE) for optimal battery performance on both the iPhone and fēnix. The app will display waypoints, tracks or routes and you can easily switch between regular map, satellite or hybrid view and pan and zoom in each of these. When selecting routes or tracks, you’ll also be able to view elevation, temperature and speed graphs. fēnix is equipped with ABC sensors (altimeter, barometer and compass) to provide you the real-time information you need while on the trail. For advanced and extremely accurate temperature reading, fēnix can be also be paired with tempeTM, Garmin’s new external temperature sensor. ”

I still don’t have a chance to play with the app and fenix yet, but if you have any first thoughts, please kindly share them.