TomTom recently launched their iPhone app and it looks like support for more mobile platforms is on the way. Pocket-lint is reporting that TomTom has an Android app on their roadmap. They recently spoke with Benoit Simery (a senior VP for TomTom) who had some interesting thoughts about our favorite mobile OS.
“We cannot ignore such a successful platform as Android. HTC is an important partner of ours and Android is becoming increasingly important too.”
It appears the relationship between Google and TomTom is growing. Tele Atlas, who was taken over by TomTom in 2007, recently signed a 5 year extension with Google to provide map data for Google Maps. The agreement gives Tele Atlas access to updates and corrections made by the Google Maps community. When you put the pieces together it looks like we might see a service similar to Waze.
When questioned about support for BlackBerry devices the TomTom VP responded, “I do not question the opportunity that RIM might offer but we know that a satnav device needs to have a large touchscreen and voice commands to be able to work for turn-by-turn navigation. We come from a PDA background and we know what will work.” RIM has offered some touchscreen phones like the BlackBerry Storm, but the majority of their devices feature smaller QVGA displays.
When questioned about a possible TomTom phone, no comment was offered. It will be interesting to see what they do with their rival Garmin about to launch an Android phone(made by Asus) later this year.
Check out this video of the iPhone version of TomTom to see what is in store for Android users.