TomTom for Android in the works, coming this summer
posted by Nick T. / Jun 06, 2012, 8:11 AM
TomTom is one of the apps that only iOS users get to enjoy, but that is bound to change in the near future. That is because an Android version is currently in the works. Word comes from Peter-Frans Pauwels – co-founder of the company, who revealed the news during a talk with Pocket-lint.
Although an exact release date has not been set in stone yet, TomTom for Android should be out this summer. In terms of features, the app will be capable of everything that the iOS version can do. The only differences between the two versions are expected to be purely superficial, such as interface tweaks meant to make the app look good on displays of different sizes.
But will TomTom be worth getting? Since it will likely cost about as much as the iOS version ($60 for U.S. and Canada), many Android users would probably not bother checking it out. After all, the platform now comes with free navigation, courtesy of Google. On the other hand, TomTom is a trusted brand when it comes to satellite navigation, and the experience of using such a premium product will hopefully justify the cost. Guess we will have to wait and see.
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"Since it will likely cost about as much as the Android version..." I think you mean iOS version. Also $60 for something that I get free? No.
posted on Jun 06, 2012, 8:24 AM 2
You don't get the same thing for free. Google Navigation requires an Internet connection at some point, either during navigation or beforehand (caching). Tomtom stores all the maps locally so it can work 100% without a data connection. Most people will still opt for the free option, but they still are not the same.
posted on Jun 06, 2012, 3:30 PM 0
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tomtom has its place on iOS since apple has crap navigation. but why the heck would anyone buy tomtom when g-maps does all that for free? especially if it retains the $60 tag. If it did the whole world in offline mode, that might have use for some people, but still..
posted on Jun 06, 2012, 8:39 AM 3
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Naw, this makes sense. Sort of. Way too many android users don`t even know that their device already has turn by turn nav built in. TomTom can rope in these suckers for 60 bucks, whereas the fruit people are gonna market the hell out iMap, killing TomTom`s iphone business.
posted on Jun 06, 2012, 8:50 AM 1
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The main reason would be offline navigation. Surprisingly there are still quite a few places in the world that don't have network coverage. Additionally, when roaming data charges can be astronomically high, so it's best to have area specific maps.
posted on Jun 06, 2012, 8:57 AM 0
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The TomTom version may have additional features like lane assist, traffic updates and the ability to work offline with just GPS (and hence not using up your data plan). As already noted though, not sure if it is worth $60 when Google maps gives you A LOT for free.
posted on Jun 06, 2012, 9:09 AM 0
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Oh cool ... never knew it could download the trip. Will need to play with that more. Lane assist is essentially for multi-lane roads, lane assist tells you which lane you need to be in for your exit or turn.
posted on Jun 06, 2012, 10:13 AM 0
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For those keep asking why need gps app when u have google navigation 1. Alot people today don't have luxury of unlimited data and google maps do eat up data plan quick with all that image 2. Data service is not as reliable as gps, special u r in not coverage 3. on board gps is very good for commercial.
posted on Jun 06, 2012, 12:06 PM 0
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