Pocket-Lint: TomTom Android app to come “soon”, could it be too late?

June 7, 2012
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Greatly popular automotive navigation systems manufacturer TomTom has had an iOS-special nav app available in Apple’s App Store for almost three years. Unfortunately, the app didn’t make its way to Android devices as well, even though we’ve had numerous promises from TomTom over the last couple of years or so.

Another promise has just been made by the Dutch-based company’s officials in an exclusive talk with the guys at Pocket-lint. According to TomTom co-founder Peter-Frans Pauwels, an exclusive Android app will be launching “fairly soon”.

“Summer season is important for us” said TomTom’s co-founder, adding that he can “confirm the app is real” and that “iOS has been doing really well, so it will be interesting to see how it does on Android.” I don’t know about you, but those statements look to me like a diplomatic way of dodging questions about the repeated release delays of the app, while also saying nothing clear about the possibility of ever seeing the app.

The question that remains, however, is if there’s someone still interested. I mean, Google Maps and Google Navigation have significantly progressed during the past months and now offer offline experiences almost as smooth as TomTom’s. And G Maps is completely free, while TomTom’s iOS app goes for around $50 (and up), making its Android “sibling” very likely to go for at least as much.

What do you guys think? Is TomTom’s possible Android app still something to wait for? Is it too little, too late (and too expensive)? Let us know your opinions in the comments section below!

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