TomTom Pounds Out A New Beat
Sure, you can get some free navigation programs for your smartphone. Or, you can pay $10 for monthly subscriptions, but not all Nav apps are created equal. TomTom, better known for making in-car GPS devices, now has an App for both Android and IOS. The IOS version costs just about $50 at the App Store, while the introductory price for the Android version is $37.99 at the Google Play Store. But be careful, the Android version does not support some of the higher resolution Android phones such as the Galaxy S III. Tom Tom says its committed to supporting those new phones, but won’t say when. The new Android app follows TomTom’s well received navigation app for iPhone. Among its features:
- TomTom HD Traffic–Live traffic updates help users reach their destinations faster.
- FREE Lifetime Maps–Drivers will receive four free map updates per year for the life of the app.
- Multitasking Support–Clear turn-by-turn guidance while on the phone.
- IQ Routes–The fastest routes, the most accurate and reliable arrival times at all times of day.
- Spoken Street Names–Spoken instructions now include street names, making turning even clearer.
- Offline Maps–The latest TomTom maps are stored offline, so drivers don’t have to worry about losing signal in the middle of a journey or incurring roaming charges when traveling.
- Fixed and Mobile Speed Camera Locations
- Easy point ot point and multiple point route generation
Tom Tom also sells car mount kits for both the iPhone and Android devices so you can secure the device in a spot on your dash or windshield without taking your eyes off the road. And it will even fade down the music when it’s time to speak new directions.