Dutch satellite navigation system TomTom NV is launching a mapping tool for smartphones that runs Google’s Android operating system, by October. The company has revealed that the Android version of the app is almost ready and the company already offers mapping applications for Apple’s iPhone and iPad.
It is a known fact that Google Navigation and many other smartphone-based systems have apps to take up maps from the Internet as and when required.
This would cause high data charges while roaming overseas and the loss of service in areas where there is no or poor cellular reception. TomTom will showcase its products at the IFA consumer electronics fair that will be happening inBerlinfrom August 31.
TomTom has made it clear that the Android app would provide turn-by-turn navigation and include added-value services like real-time traffic information and speed camera warnings.
When the app goes live in October, it will come in 24 regional versions for all European countries, North America, some South American countries and select markets in the Asia Pacific, including Australia.
Unlike Google’s software, the TomTom app won’t be free but the company has not revealed the pricing details We hear the TomTom USA app for iOS is available for $49.99, and so the Android version’s price will be somewhat similar.