As TomTom promised, Android users can now be guided offline by the nav company -- unless you happen to own a Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Nexus or a handful of other recent, popular smartphones or tabs. It said most models would be compatible by year's end, but if you do have one that works already, you'll get all the features that iOS users have enjoyed for quite a while: radar camera warnings (depending on your country), eco routes, contact navigation, free map updates and traffic guidance. The app is now available on Google Play starting at $50 for the US and Canada maps, an "introductory offer" that's 10 bucks cheaper than the same iOS version, so you might want to check the source before that price goes up -- if you've got the right device, of course. We're hoping to take a spin with the app soon, but meanwhile, you can check out a teaser video and the PR, after the break.
New app brings world-class TomTom maps and navigation to Android smartphoneusers
London, 4 October 2012 – Last month, Android users got their first glimpse of TomTom's new app at its preview during the IFA consumer electronics show. Today the TomTom Navigation app for Android is available to download from Google Play for the first time. The new app is an addition to TomTom's existing, highly-rated navigation app for iPhone and brings TomTom's world-class navigation to millions more smartphone users.
Available at a special introductory price, the TomTom Navigation app for Android has been designed especially for drivers. The latest TomTom maps are included and stored offline, which means that users don't have to worry about losing a signal in the middle of their journey or roaming charges when travelling abroad. The app includes free quarterly map updates which ensures that drivers always have the latest map on their smartphone.
"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."
For more information about TomTom Navigation for Android, please visit our website or watch the video on YouTube