TomTom finally arrives on Android
Back at the IFA conference which took place at the end of August, TomTom announced that they were finally going to jump aboard the Android bandwagon and release their own navigation Android app for Android powered devices. At that time, the release date was estimated at a couple of months but, it’s only been just over a month and now TomTom are happy to announce the release of their app onto the Google Play Store. One of the reasons for choosing the TomTom Android application over Google’s own Maps Navigation app is that the TomTom app for example provides an offline solution for your map needs. You can navigate and create routes without the need of a data connection which is great for when you’re driving through somewhere that doesn’t have great signal strength and is great for those who are on a capped data plan. The TomTom Android app also provides turn-by-turn directions and the routes can be viewed in 2D or 3D, with the option of having speed camera alerts turned on. There are already many maps available for use with the TomTom app. For the US and Canada the map pack will set you back $40. Over in the UK, the UK and Ireland map will set users back £30.99 or £50 for maps for the whole of Europe. With that you get lifetime updates to the maps. This navigation app should run on any Android device running Android 2.2 and above but can only support phones with 800×480 and 854×480 resolutions at the moment. This means that the Samsung Galaxy S3 isn’t supported at the moment but, the Galaxy S2 is. You will also need enough space on your phone for the maps. The US and Canada map pack takes up a whopping 2.3GB of space, while the UK and Ireland map pack takes up 367 megabytes.