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Tom Tom gets job to power Mapquest's iOS and Android app and Apple's new Maps app

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Tom Tom gets job to power Mapquest's iOS and Android app and Apple's new Maps app
With the smartphone the culprit behind the slowly dying personal navigation device business, it is ironic that Tom Tom, one of the leaders in the PND industry, has received two huge jobs related to iOS and Android. Mapquest has hired Tom Tom to power its free navigation app for both platforms. It seems like the perfect choice as TomTom maps cover 7.5 million miles of road across the States. According to Mapquest, that distance is equivalent to back and forth travel to the moon 16 times. Or, running over the Great Wall of China 1,300 times. It is the same distance as running 250,000 Marathons. For Apple iPhone users, the app offers the same style of turn-by-turn navigation that comes free with Google Maps on the Android platform

Screenshots from the new Apple Maps application for iOS 6
Screenshots from the new Apple Maps application for iOS 6

Screenshots from the new Apple Maps application for iOS 6

The second job that Tom Tom won is even more ironic. As you might know, the company was selected by Apple to power the Maps app that will replace Google Maps on iOS 6. The new Maps application for iOS will include millions of new points of interest, local business information, real-time traffic and accident information. If traffic is slow for one reason or another, the app will suggest alternative directions. Because the new Maps app will be integrated with Siri, Tom Tom will be the brain of Siri when it comes to answering question like, "Where is the closest gas station?".

Apple's new Maps app will also include a 3D Flyover look at cities and other places, similar to Satellite view on Google Maps. Flyover and the turn-by-turn navigation will work only Apple iPhone 4S and Apple iPad 2 or above.

source: Mapquest

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posted on 14 Jul 2012, 21:34 4

1. sprockkets (Posts: 1153; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


"After 300 yards, keep to the right, then, stay in the right lane.

After 300 yards, keep to the right, then, turn left."

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 22:10 3

2. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 243; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


So apples "new" app will have almost nothing over the competition outta the gate ... priceless.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 01:27

3. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Will IOS now allow "off-line" turn by turn navigation too? How many countries?

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 07:23 1

4. timstr (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)


And before the deal with Apple there were other deals as well. In a timeline:

- TomTom powers all HTC phones with "HTC directions"
- TomTom brings maps to Samsung bada
- TomTom brings maps and traffic to BlackBerry
- TomTom brings maps and "related information" (secret) to Apple

Apart from that, there are many apps using tomtom data. Most commonly known is Google maps, but also Mapquest, Cygic, and some others.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 18:28

6. sprockkets (Posts: 1153; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


HTC Locations in my android sensation is powered by ROUTE66

Google maps does not rely on tomtom for anything unless they share the same source themselves. Using google maps will show the source of the data at the bottom right, and for most of the US, it shows Google alone.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 17:33

5. baldilocks (Posts: 501; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


I prefer GARMIN devices.. :)

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 18:33

7. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Apple navigation is still the best. Android copied Apple, as usual.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 19:05

8. sprockkets (Posts: 1153; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Just like Republican Mitt Romney deserves "credit" for the auto bailout huh?

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