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!

Comments

  • wonshikee

    It’s impossible.. Google Navigation isn’t the best thing out there, but it’s “good enough” and it’s free.

    • Sitapea1337

      Free or not, but it’s data dependent.
      TomTom on the other hand is 100% offline GPS-navigator. No data charges, only app and map.
      I would buy it for sure since I carry my phone with me everywhere I go – including car.
      1 device that could do it all.

      • Den

        I had TomTom on my old iPhone and can’t wait to buy it for my new Galaxy S3. I used Google maps while traveling at the weekend and it used 22MB of my data allowance, even though I had the area cached.

  • Attila

    I love TomTom, I used the iOS version for a long time. I really miss it on my new S3… I hope to see it on Android soon.

  • eclipse

    I can’t begin to imagine what they could do for $$$ that would be so much better than Google that anyone will care. Fire your focus group and read this:

    If it costs more than $5, don’t bother.

  • Wilkinson John

    Too late for me, too used to free sat nav on my Android devices… if it had come at the same time as the ios app i’d have bought it without thinking….

  • JayZed

    Fail by TomTom.

  • maarten77

    Europeans will. Better maps and data charges when abroad are insane ($100 for driving through Europe)

  • Tp

    If the app only uses gps and is datatrafic free i would indeed consider tlmtom on my phone and replace it with my tomtom unit in the car

  • http://twitter.com/tmihai20 Mihai Trica

    An app seems to exist on Play Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tomtom.places.ttp and it is made by the European branch of Tom Tom. It is, of course, incompatible with the country I live in (Romania). Too little, too late.

  • Adam Bigge

    I would jump on the TomTom app in a heartbeat if it is released in the States. It would be worth $50+ just to have Billy Connelly’s voice screaming at me when I make a wrong turn!

  • Wayne

    I still need a stand-alone GPS solution for my Android phone, as Sygic is the best I’ve found so far, and it is far behind TomTom Navigator for Palm, which I used until my 755p was hopelessly obselescent.
    TomTom Navigator for Palm is still the best Nav system I’ve used(very user friendly true stand-alone multi-waypoint nav, plus google for searches, combined with a phone) and I hope they get it at least that good for Android.

  • Craig

    Won’t migrate to an Android phone until TomTom is on there, I need a stand alone app that doesn’t use a data connection. The IPhone app is excellent and it’s as good as a dedicated unit.

    Google’s offering is substandard by comparison I am afraid to say.

  • mjed mazga

    TomTom routing is, hands down, better than any other GPS out there – but their sudden decision to remove multi-waypoint routing completely negates my ability to want to use their products any longer, which is a crying shame.

    The iOS app is limited to 5 waypoints (start location, 5 waypoints, and a destination), and the stand-alone GPS navs are limited to merely 3 waypoints. Compared to the waypoint routing on a Magellan & Garmin GPS navs, or other Android based GPS software packages (CoPilot and Sygic come to mind), it just seems entirely, completely silly to limit to just 5.

    I personally need to be able to plug in about 20-30 stops per day and hit optimize and then go – if TomTom can make that happen in conjunction with their IQRouting and real-time traffic data (both of which are superior, in my experience, to any one else), then I would pay out the nose for their software in a heartbeat. Without it, no.

  • Mike

    Delaying move from iphone to android because couldn’t do without TomTom on my phone, love my iphone but hate having to use Apple iTunes as a file manager, e.g unbelievable it’s still not possible to print to a PC printer from my iphone without a huge work-around.
    Get act together TomTom!