Jun 06 AT 10:26 AM Anthony Domanico 35 Comments

TomTom for Android finally coming this summer


We were excited a few years back when TomTom indicated it would be launching an Android version of their navigation application. After all, TomTom offers slick voices for a price, and who wouldn’t want to have Yoda or Darth Vader ordering them to their destination?

Today, TomTom co-founder Peter-Frans Pauwels told Pocket-Lint┬áthat they’re still working on an Android application, and that it’d likely come sometime this summer. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of an imminent launch for TomTom, as they told us the same thing over a year ago, which itself was about a year after we learned that they were working on an Android version.

Since that time, Google has come out with Google Navigation, a free navigation feature now found commonplace in Android devices, which works beautifully when you’re connected to the internet. The question that begs asking is whether a market for TomTom still exists on Android, especially when you consider that TomTom’s iOS applications retail for at least $50, a heavy premium for a service that will soon be free on all Android devices.

Google is widely expected to announce an offline version of Google Navigation at its Google I/O conference in June, which should fill the one gaping hole that still remains in Google’s Navigation service. In just under a month, there will simply be no room in the market for a standalone Navigation application that provides offline maps, especially with a $50 price tag.

Sorry, TomTom, your Android version is too little, too late.

Via: Android Central

Source: Pocket-Lint

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  • http://www.lifequill.com Canterrain

    *Darth Vader voice* Take the Round a bound, join me and together we shall rule as father and Tom.

    • MTown

      I can imagine that getting old quick.

      “Take the Round a bound, join me and together we shall rule as father and son. Then take exit 39 toward X, join me and we shall rule as father and son. Recalculating……….as father and son.”

      • http://www.lifequill.com Canterrain

        “We have missed the turn, as father and son.”

        “No… That’s not true! That’s impossible!”

        “Search your feelings, you know this to be true. ”

        “… Fine, I’ll do a uturn.”

  • redraider133

    So they think people will pay for something they already get for free and is probably better than their app anyway?

    • Monk

      Maybe its better in US, but in the rest of the world cellular coverage is not omnipresent. Google Navigation route is calculated on the cloud, not on the phone, even if you cache the map to the phone. Also the maps that google provides are less detailed and not updated at the same rate than Tom Tom or Garmin maps are updated. I guess that there is still a market for full standalone gps for phones if they price them right.

      • Mahfooz

        In the UK it works just fine, plus the live traffic is just brilliant.

  • mdawg924

    How does TomTom still exist? Google maps anyone?

    • Jaap

      Do you think Google owns the map data themselves, nope, tomtom owns the data which google uses ……..

      I use navigon on android now but I might be convinced to switch…….

      • Jim D

        Google uses their own maps in the US and some other parts of the world. They used to use TomTom/TeleAtlas maps but when they stopped they had to start from scratch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=583695634&ref=profile Rahul Singh

    I am super excited! can’t wait to download the app with Simpsons Voice..

  • h0ruza

    Late is the hour that Tom Tom turns up with this app. I guess its a good thing and lets hope they add more to the app so it will be worth buying rather than using Google Maps Nav.

    Otherwise its pointless

  • alfa_s

    Seriously. Hasn’t this ship sailed already? The ability of maintaining a cache of the trip you’re about to take in Google Maps eliminates (for most use cases) the need to maintain a copy of the entire map database on the device. Is there any other significant benefit to TomTom, other than having the pleasure of dealing with a paranoid, customer-service averse company?

    • alberto

      The fact that with Google maps you have to be connected via cell data line the whole time – otherwise all you get is a blurred map. That sucks, especially considering the times you most seriously need a nav are right when cell signal is long gone.

      • Stevejay

        Caching is only as good as you make it. I travelled on non pay toll roads across France with no internet. I simply cached the route in sufficient detail depending on the need.
        My tablet has built in gps so no mobile connection was needed.

        Try it, if you do it to street level that is what you will get as clear as if you were online

  • fletchtb

    Do these guys share the same philosophy as the folks over at Instapaper? Come to market late with an app that has the same functionality that others provide free at a price that no one will be willing to pay?

  • Ivan Samuelson

    CoPIlot is cheaper, much cheaper and offers off-line maps. Doesn’t have the plethora of voices, though, but I don’t care about those. I turn off the voice navigation anyways.

    Also, if/when Google releases the off-line maps, I just don’t see the reason to pay $50 for Tom Tom.

  • KPeter0314

    The only good thing I see coming from this is that Google might be pushed to start offering different voices for their products. I want Stan Lee’s voice telling me where to go!

    I’ll actually wait with baited breath for that update.


    are you kidding me? Gmaps is by far superior and free… enough said

  • halo0

    LOL tomtom.

  • NoRootNoFun

    I think there still is a (small) market besides Google Maps Navigation. Some users maybe want further information like speed limits, lane assistant, traffic signs shown on screen etc. I know some people who want the navigation to show them which lane to use instead of just telling “turn left”. So if Tomtom offers some kind of “premium” features, they probably could find some buyers.

    However, for me, the Google solution is everything I need, especially if it becomes available offline.

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      Speed Limits is a nice feature. I hope Google incorporates this into Navigation sometime.

      • NoRootNoFun

        Right, Speed Limits is one of the most useful features Google doesn’t offer yet. But to be honest, just looking after traffic signs isn’t that kind of a problem ;-)

  • spazby

    i honestly don’t know what to say to this…

  • Max.Steel

    What a joke.

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  • dreamdoggy22

    I have never used Tom Tom, so I really can’t say whether or not there is a market for it on Android. What I can say is if they come to market with a $50+ Android application there is no way in #^!! I will even consider giving it a shot. I can’t speak for those fortunate few who have money to burn, but at that price it will be a tough sell to the masses.

  • jlschulz

    google navigation sucks to be honest. I use Navigon and I love it. It was well worth the money. Copilot is a useless attemp at gps navigation and barely works half the time. constantly force closes. I will look at tomtom when it comes and if it is an improvement over navigon (garmin) then i’ll consider it.

  • w00x

    You guys know that there are Android phones outside of the US, right? We still use offline navigation here, on the other side of the ocean, because Google Navigation is “Not yet available”.

  • Olakunle

    If AT&T navigation that cost $100+ a year is still in business then tomtom has a small chance.

  • tray

    its like Microsoft with windows mobile os , they done hardly nothing with it until android and ios showed the what it can be, and by the time they woke up they were miles away. tom tom has done the same thing. I bought navigon. good bye tomtom

  • Peter

    I would love to have the KITT voice on my phone since i have a KITT app where i can already say “kitt, show me directions too xxxxx” and he replies “right away” and then it opens the google GPS ap.

  • Wayne

    I’ve been waiting for this since moving from my Palm 755p that had TomTom. TomTom Navigator for Palm is still one of the best nav’s I have used, and I have used many before and since.

  • ex tomtom user

    I do not believe tomtom will ever release android app… they have been promising it for more than two years now just to keep customers waiting and away from the competition. My advice to you, if you are interested in android based navigation is not to wait for tomtom but choose any other product, there are some of quite good and mature solutions out there. Even if tomtom does release an android app in the future (which I doubt), it will take months or even years to clean all the bugs and catch up with the competition or it will only work and be supported for some small number of phones – not the one you or me are using I guess – murpy. So, again … if you need an android based navigation app, do not wait for tomtom … that ship has sailed long time ago.

  • El

    For me it’s still a big deal. Google’s traffic in South-Africa is inaccurate and basically useless, whereas TomTom is VERY good.

    In fact, this is one of the last reasons why I may still stick to iPhone rather than switching over to Samsung and Android.

  • Derek

    Where the hell is TOMTOM? It is the END OF AUGUST NOW.