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Darren
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:09 am    Post subject: is TomTom for Android coming after all? Reply with quote

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In news that is sure to please Android users, TomTom, who have consistently said they had no plans for an Android version of their navigation app, appear to have changed their minds.

Pocket-Lint are quoting TomTom co-founder Peter-Frans Pauwels as saying, "I can confirm it is real" and that it will launch "fairly soon".

No details on what the app will offer and how it will differ from the iOS version which has been available for some years but it's good news for Android.

Source: Pocket-Lint

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:42 am    Post subject: Re: is TomTom for Android coming after all? Reply with quote

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In news that is sure to please Android users

Not this Android user! Laughing

I think that TomTom have missed the boat!

As TomTom said that there wouldn't be a TomTom version for Android I bought CoPilot for Android, which was OK but the App was memory hungry, so I had to delete it from my phone as I had other Apps that i wished to run.

The problem with the Android system (I don't know whether this is the same for iPhones or not) is that the Apps all seem to use the phone's internal storage whether the Apps are running or not and regardless of whether you place the App on phone memory or SD card. Adding a huge SD card makes no difference! At least with an under-powered Windows PC you can decide the few programs that you want to run - with Android it's everything.

As I said above, I think that TomTom have done to little too late - those Android users will probably have found an App that they like (and have paid for).

If I'm in the car then I use my TomTom 950. If I'm walking, taking the bus, or the tube, then I use the free Google maps.

Finally, will TomTom Android be able to use third party POIs, will it be able to use the PocketGPSWorld camera database, if so will it display 22 x 22 pixel icons correctly?

You may think that I hate TomTom, that's not the case I started with TomTom Navigator 2 on an iPAQ and have had several TomTom PNDs since. The trouble is that I have a long memory and whilst TomTom has shown some great innovations in the past - what TomTom gives in one version, TomTom unfortunately sometimes takes away in a later release.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I run Navigon, CoPilot and Sygic on my Galaxy Note (Android) and probably would be tempted to buy a decent TomTom Android App as a back-up sat nav to my dedicated PND - which outperforms anything currently on Android, Apple or Windows Phone in terms of reliability, ease of use, clarity, etc.

And that won't change for a while

I love the lane guidance on Navigon, I link the live services at a low cost because they are using some of my dataplan

I don't like calls, notifications and a whole lot more annoying me along me route

So while it would be great to see TomTom come to the game in the Android Market for those who want it, I don't agree it's too late - people what new maps, new features, more reliable routing, etc. and if it is priced right, we buy multiple apps

The bigger problem is for regular users, I think that Sat Nav on phones isn't ready for the apps... yet!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I like my Garmin too much now, despite its foibles, like it did the other day taking me from Gatwick to Guildford via Crawley, Horsham & A281! Twisted Evil

I suppose it could be useful as a backup to the Garmin, provided you can install it to a SDXC card, it wouldn't make much of a difference to me with a 64Gb card on board.

I wonder how well it would work with a 64Gb SGS3?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be honest I'd expect a different pricing strategy on the Android platform. Firstly because there's already Google nav, and secondly because TomTom wants 'recurring revenue'.

So I expected them to come up with a free app, with a basic set of features, and allow people to buy extra features and maps as in-app purchases. And make the revenue recurring (for instance: $5 per map update per quarter).

I think with lower entry pricing, they can get a larger installed base.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tomtom_shareholder wrote:
To be honest I'd expect a different pricing strategy on the Android platform. Firstly because there's already Google nav, and secondly because TomTom wants 'recurring revenue'.

So I expected them to come up with a free app, with a basic set of features, and allow people to buy extra features and maps as in-app purchases. And make the revenue recurring (for instance: $5 per map update per quarter).

I think with lower entry pricing, they can get a larger installed base.


I really can't see that happening, TomTom want their cake & eat it!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

color=darkblue]It was piracy that killed TomTom on Windows Mobile, and I'm afraid that I don't see anything stopping the same from happening on Android, unless they go for a VERY different business model.

Also, people are no longer willing to pay a lot of money for a sat nav application. I'm actually a big TomTom fan, but I already have Google Maps, Waze, Route 66, MapFactor Navigator (all free) and NDrive (bought when it was something like a tenner) on my Samsung Galaxy Note, so I wouldn't be prepared to pay a price premium for TomTom.[/color]
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just read the pocket-lint gumpf.

The bloke reckons it's going to be a similar price point to iOS.

Itunes sell it at 57.99 for uk & Irl mapping. I don't think that's very good.

Also, I'm not interested when one of the latest updates is about sharing your location on Facebook! FFS!!! Apparently the integration of this feature is very prominent!

I only want to get from A to B safely with traffic updates. Do I really want to share my route with numpties! No!

As has been said before. To little too late. Besides, I bet it's also based around the limited Nav3 software. Pants!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Also, I'm not interested when one of the latest updates is about sharing your location on Facebook! FFS!!! Apparently the integration of this feature is very prominent!


Cancel the hysterics. Just switch the feature OFF and there's nothing to worry about!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yet another round of speculation?

In 2009, senior VP for TomTom onboard mobile Benoit Simery was quoted as saying "We cannot ignore such a successful platform as Android."

Queue flurry of excited articles

In the spring of 2011, another TomTom executive, Corinne Vigreux made a public statement that "(they) are currently working on an Android version."

Queue flurry of excited articles

June 2012: Pocket-Lint are quoting TomTom cofounder Peter-Frans Pauwels as saying, "I can confirm it is real" and that it will launch "fairly soon".

Queue flurry of excited articles.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The word is cue, not queue!!!
Get an education!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stand-Offish wrote:
Get an education!
Please don't be offensive.

I knew what was meant. I'm sure most other readers did also, as apparently you did.

The comment was neither constructive, helpful or necessary.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stand-Offish wrote:
The word is cue, not queue!!!
Get an education!


It was a deliberate play on words. I meant queue. As in a queue of articles queuing up to be read.

Thank you @Oldboy for your input.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tink that Stand-offish shood vett evry post nd cerrect evry speeling misteak asn youse of rong wards asn tyop Shocked . It wood improv the cuntrys langwage skils know end
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Queue Shak's Peer affickionardos.
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