It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard any new news on TomTom’s arrival to the Android platform. Last time we heard anything they simply said that it would be releasing “fairly soon.” Today, some news for the application has gotten a whole lot more clear. TomTom is going to be previewing their long awaited Android version today at IFA in Berlin Germany. The application is supposed to be hitting the Google Play Store sometime in October. It’s going to be pretty interesting to see how this actually works out since Google has its own prepackaged navigation available to most Android users for free. Google offers a really robust navigational service with the integration of Google Maps too. It’ll be interesting to see how the two applications will compare with each other. So far, there have been no specific price ranges for the TomTom app, but with it releasing in October, we’ll probably be finding out a ton more information on the application today from their official preview.
Sure, we’re all used to using the Google Maps navigation, but some of the features that TomTom is boasting is really making it sound nice. I think before making anymore judgement calls we’ll need to see how the two apps work side by side, along with knowing how pricey this application actually is. Here’s the features that the TomTom application will be boasting of:
- World-class navigation – The latest, most accurate TomTom maps available – with no need for a mobile signal or data plan.
- Lifetime maps – Free updates that ensure access to the latest maps and fastest routes.
- IQ Routes – Arrival times that drivers can rely on – at all times of day.
- Advanced lane guidance – Gives drivers extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions.
- Spoken street names – Makes turnings even clearer.
- 2D / 3D driving view – The clearest display for the safest driving.
- TomTom HD Traffic – Available as an in-app purchase. It’s the quickest way through traffic. Proven.
- TomTom Speed Cameras – Available as an in-app purchase. Save money and drive safely with real-time mobile and fixed camera alerts.
“We aim to make TomTom content and services available to as many devices and platforms as we can,” says Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director at TomTom. “Bringing TomTom navigation to Android smartphones is, therefore, a significant milestone for us.”
Is anyone looking forward to the TomTom application? It does sound nice and compared to the features, Google already has a lot of those features. There’s also no doubt that Google will be looking at adding some of those features that it does not have to make sure it’s competing with TomTom. There’s also no doubt that they want to make sure they offer a good navigational service too. We’ll just have to see how the new app pans out.
Will anyone be getting the TomTom application or will you consider it after they release a price point for the application? Let us know in the comments below!
source: Talk Android