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Samsung signs with TomTom for bringing navigation to bada OS, starting with the Wave 3

Samsung signs with TomTom for bringing navigation to bada OS, starting with the Wave 3
Samsung and TomTom announced at CES their GPS software partnership for smartphones with Sammy's own bada OS. TomTom will be providing offline voice-guided navigation, POIs, 3D Maps, speed camera warnings, live traffic updates where available, and all the other bells and whistles we associated with standalone GPS units until the smartphone craze took off.

TomTom's maps that Samsung will be taking advantage of cover more than 200 countries worldwide and include millions of POIs. The bada Maps will be available first for the Samsung Wave 3, but it's not clear if the navigation software will come free, like on Android with Google Maps, or Nokia with its sophisticated Drive app.

Until now, you could find Route 66 on bada phones, which is actually powered by TomTom's maps, but it was in a trial form, so could it be that the next bada 2.0 phones might be getting some sweet free navigation in order to blend in with the more popular mobile operating systems out there? We'll have to wait and see what this partnership brings for bada OS phone owners, but it looks like TomTom and Samsung are planning to embed the navigation software right into the mobile OS.

source: TNW via Engadget

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