TomTom App Finally Comes To Android Devices, HTC One X, Galaxy S III and Nexus Can’t Play

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TomTom ThumbnailNavigating from Point A to Point B can be tricky, especially these days when you never know if you're going to run into an Apple user wandering aimlessly using the broken Maps program in iOS 6. Fortunately for them, they have options, including the TomTom Navigation app. As luck would have it, the same app is now available to Android users for the first time via Google Play. That's right, TomTom learned to do the robot (see video below for proof).

"TomTom has a history of making great navigation applications. Our existing iPhone app gets fantastic customer feedback and regularly wins awards," said Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director TomTom Consumer. "Today, we are bringing this world-class navigation experience to millions of Android smartphone users for the first time."


Well, most of them, anyway. The $38 app (for U.S. maps) isn't yet compatible with some of the more popular Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, Nexus 7 tablet, Galaxy Nexus, and Galaxy Note. Specifically, the app requires the use of Android 2.2 or later (no big deal) on devices running either an 800x480 or 854x480 resolution (potential deal killer). TomTom did say, however, that it's "committed to supporting higher resolutions on an ongoing basis," so hopefully wider support is forthcoming.

For those that can use the app, TomTom Navigation provides free lifetime map updates, an off-line mode, IQ routes, speed cameras, spoken street names, and other goodies.
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timaeus replied on Thu, Oct 4 2012 11:58 AM

So, why would one pay $38 for functionality that is already provided by Google Maps for free? I'm not sure what IQ routes are, or what is meant by 'speed cameras' (warns you where speed traps are?), but Google Maps provides everything else, so I have difficulty understanding what the appeal would be to purchase TomTom's app.

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RWilliams replied on Thu, Oct 4 2012 12:32 PM

I've wondered the same thing, and the most common argument seems to be that it can be used offline. That'd be rather important if you are in an area with no data connection.

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acarzt replied on Thu, Oct 4 2012 6:34 PM

Google maps can cache maps, so even if you are in an area with limitted to no data connection available, you should still be able to get directions and view maps.

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Right, but some people consider TomTom to be ideal for the worst case scenario. Imagine a bug where Google Maps didn't cache properly and you ended up needing it. Of course that situation might be mega-rare, but still. I have always found TomTom to be rather expensive, but whatever I guess. It must sell to someone.

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