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TomTom announces sat-nav app for Android, due in October

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TomTom on Android, estimated time of arrival, October 2012

TomTom will launch a navigation app for Android in October. The veteran sat-nav company made the announcement at the IFA convention in Berlin, where it showed the app in action.

The app will include navigation, map and traffic technologies such as lane guidance and IQ Routes arrival time calculation.

Corinne Vigreux, TomTom’s Managing Director said: “We aim to make TomTom content and services available to as many devices and platforms as we can. Bringing TomTom navigation to Android smartphones is, therefore, a significant milestone for us.”

It will join the Navigation and Speed Camera apps that are already available for Apple iOS devices. TomTom has also produced a hands-free car kit for smartphones, which has a phone mount, charger and speaker built-in.

TomTom iPhone car kit

On Android, the TomTom app will go head-to-head with Google’s powerful and free Navigation and Maps options.

TomTom says that pricing will be announced closer to the launch date, which strongly suggests that it won’t be free. It remains to be seen if it will be good enough to lure users away from Google’s version.

TomTom’s Android Navigation app will show routes even if you have lost a data connection at the time and will include free map updates for life. The IQ Routes feature promised what TomTom says are “arrival times that drivers can rely on – at all times of day.”

The app also has advanced lane guidance for extra help at difficult junctions, spoken street names and 2D or 3D driving views. HD Traffic (for faster routes through traffic) and the Speed Cameras feature will be available as in-app upgrade purchases.

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