August 21, 2009 | by Robert Nelson
Having recently introduced their navigation app for the iPhone, it seems that TomTom now has their sites set on Android. According to Pocket-link, who recently spoke with Benoit Simery (a senior VP for TomTom), an Android app is coming.
“We cannot ignore such a successful platform as Android. HTC is an important partner of ours and Android is becoming increasingly important too.”
Of course, that comes with a little bit of a bad news, because nothing was mentioned (not even a rough idea) of when the app will be available. But on the flip side, the Android app will be taking priority over any BlackBerry version.
“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.”
While this is good news, I cannot help but remember the price that the iPhone app was introduced at — $99.99. Now, don’t get me wrong, that is not bad when compared to a stand-alone unit, but I cannot help but feel that many people would just purchase that stand-alone unit . That said, I do understand that the maps and software, whether as an Android app or on a stand-alone unit is what brings the cost up and that the overall price has less to do with the hardware.
Either way, regardless of the price, it sounds like it will be a nice addition to the Android Market. Lets just hope it becomes available sooner than later.