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7 July 2020

TomTom Android GPS app on the way?

android market TomTom Android GPS app on the way?TomTom is considering building software for Android-based smartphones, according to a report from Pocket-lint.  Consider the following statement to the publication from TomTom’s senior vice president of onboard mobile, Benoit Simery, “We cannot ignore such a successful platform as Android. HTC is an important partner of ours and Android is becoming increasingly important too.”

I’d say that sounds promising.  And considering that TomTom has worked with HTC, the maker of most Android smartphones, in the past with TomTom 7 for Windows Mobile, it’s all the more realistic.  Unfortunately for Blackberry junkies like myself and Symbian S60 fans, we might be waiting for a while.

“I do not question the opportunity that RIM might offer but we know that a satnav device needs to have a large touchscreen and voice commands to be able to work for turn-by-turn navigation. We come from a PDA background and we know what will work.”  Oh, and Symbian just sucks.

Darn.  Pocket-lint also asked Simery if we could see a TomTom smartphone in the future, given that TomTom’s main competition Garmin is releasing a nuviphone line later this year (hopefully).  No comment on that question–also promising!

TomTom just rolled out its iPhone application today and the hardware isn’t even available yet, so I’m not sure we’ll be seeing a TomTom Android app right away–even if there is one in the pipeline.

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