TomTom for Android drives onto Google Play - but will it work with your phone?
The TomTom Android app has finally rolled onto the Google Play store, more than three years after its iPhone counterpart first debuted. It brings with it all the usual satnav skills you could hope for, but a catch too: many new phones don’t support it yet. Read on for the full details.
Head on over to the Google Play store and you’ll find that TomTom for Android is available now, priced at £39.99 for Western Europe (A complete Europe app will cost you £49.99, and there are apps available for other regions of the globe too). It’s a 2.7GB download, so make sure you’ve got enough space in your phone’s memory or on an SD card: though once you’ve got it, you can use it freely without racking up data charges, particularly handy when travelling on the continent.
TomTom for Android offers HD Traffic, which calculates the route based on average road speeds in realtime, day and night mode, voice directions, multi-point route planning and lots more. But there’s a catch: right now, it only supports phones running Android 2.2 or up with an 854×480 or 800×480 resolution screen.
Now, that means most flagship phones from last year should run just fine, but right now top tier Android smarties like the HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus are all left out in the cold due to their HD screens. TomTom says it’s working on solving this, but be sure to check before you buy.
Will you be using TomTom for Android, or sticking with Google Maps Navigation? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.