TomTom turns up on Android


It has taken TomTom so long to bring its popular offline navigation apps to Android that you’d be forgiven for thinking they got lost along the way. If you’ve been waiting for a good offline solution then you might want to take a look. You also get spoken turn-by-turn directions, 2D or 3D views, speed camera alerts, traffic routing, multi-stop and eco routes, and lifetime updates to the maps.

Your options right now include US & Canada, Western Europe and a whole load more. There is also support for multiple languages. The cost for the two packages mentioned is $50 or £40. Some of the other packages are cheaper and there are larger packages that will set you back more. For example, the UK & Ireland package costs £30.99 while the whole of Europe package is £50.

Support is currently limited. TomTom says the apps should run on any device running Android 2.2 or higher, and with an 800 x 480 or 854 x 480 resolution. It is promising support for higher resolutions in the near future. You’ll also need a fair bit of space. The US & Canada package will eat up 2.3GB, the UK & Ireland version is 367MB.

If you’re wondering why you would choose TomTom over Google Maps it’s because it offers an onboard, offline solution. You can create routes and navigate without a connection. TomTom also provide mapping data for many other services, including Apple Maps. The mapping market has moved on after Google Maps give it a giant kick up the backside and this sat nav giant is attempting to keep up.Not for nexus 7. Clearly they need you to have a phone signal. I wonder why that is mandatory? Maybe so they can sell you traffic or personalise adverts for local businesses?Granted, it takes some thinking ahead, but Google has offline maps which make it very easy to pre-load a large area for later use if you have no signal. For free, you have access to every area of the globe that Google Maps supports… and offline if necessary. And, if you’re offline, all the “live” features (traffic, cameras, etc.) are nullified.

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