04
Oct
tomtom

I imagine there was a meeting at TomTom some months ago where it was decided, for whatever reason, that there was a need for them to bring their own maps and navigation apps to Android. Now, after who knows how long, those apps have come to fruition. Only they're quite expensive ($38-$60), and not compatible with, well, any modern device. Not the HTC One X, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S III, or Galaxy Nexus. And no tablets. Or many other relevant devices.

Why? Because the apps are only compatible on devices with 480x800 or 480x854 resolutions. So, high-end phones from two+ years ago. Even most budget phones are shipping with at least qHD resolution nowadays. Good job on that, TomTom.

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Now, let's go back to the price: the US version of the app is $38, which has been noted is an "introductory price," so we can expect it to jump up to $60 eventually, matching the price of its iPhone counterpart. I just can't fathom how this price is even partially justifiable when Android has one of the best mapping and turn-by-turn navigation systems baked in and free of cost.

OK, so maybe there's a silver lining: it is offline maps and navigation. I can actually see a use for offline maps (which Google now offers with Maps, I might add) - especially on tablets or other non-carrier connected devices. But then there's that little issue of screen resolution support, so that's not happening either. Oh, and the downloads are over 2GB, which is outside the realm of what many older devices can handle.

Basically, until TomTom decides to update its apps to support more devices and resolutions, they're pretty useless. With that in mind, the company stated it is "committed to supporting higher resolutions on an ongoing basis," so I guess that's something.

[TomTom (Google Play) via The Verge]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Jimmy Li

    Just looked for it on the Play Store. Only compatible with my Nexus ONE. Hmmm....I don't think my ol N1 has enough storage! LOL Well played Tom Tom....well played. (/sarcasm)

    • http://www.facebook.com/arjan.franssens Arjan Franssens

      I have it running on my HTC Sensation (qHD)

  • mechapathy

    So I could pay to have TomTom send me down seasonal roads in the winter and get me lost as hell, or I could use Google Maps Navigation for free, make it there, and not die. Choices, choices, choices.

    • wolfkabal

      Ooh choose death, choose death! (#sarcasm)

  • http://twitter.com/louiedog louiedog

    I wonder if it lets you choose the directory where the maps are stored. It seems like most GPS apps only have an option to put it on the SD card without letting you specify beyond that. On phones with internal storage that means not being able to put them on the external card without some trickery.

  • Pedro Madeira

    Seems to be available to install on my SGS2 with CM10

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's because it's not a modern high-end device and doesn't have an HD screen.

    • fixxmyhead

      did u even read the article idiot. it says it works on phones with 480x800 resolution which ur s2 has

    • http://www.facebook.com/arjan.franssens Arjan Franssens

      Runs on my HTC Sensation with CM10 at the moment!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    Just like how the internet has made newspapers obsolete so has mobile devices made GPS Navigation useless, and paper bound maps for that matter.

    • http://twitter.com/FQdeB Felix

      You mean that Gmaps isn't gps navigation?

      • ari_free

        I understood he meant dedicated gps devices

  • Laurence

    Is it just me, or does that video look less like a case of "doing the robot", and more like a zombie apocalypse where the point of origin is TomTom headquarters?

  • KB26

    Oh man, a goodie for my samsung stratosphere! xD

  • Peter Warrior

    If you need an offline, misleading, low res and annoying turn-by-turn navigation, try driving through secondary roads with your father-in-law in the co-driver's seat...

  • inzandity

    I'm more going to laugh at the suckers dropping this kind of scratch on an application that has been native for years.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Seems compatible with the EVO LTE which has an HD screen. Hrmmm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.quevedo2 Aaron Quevedo

    Apparently it is compatible for the Samsung NS4G

  • sssgadget

    Compatible with DHD/Inspire4G

  • goonie

    Let me rush out and download this so I can go on my road trip. Im going down into Virgina this weekend, and I need a map, so hopefully this will get us there. LOL WTF would I look like dling this crap even if it was available. I got Godgle maps!

  • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

    You forgot a main point... the fact that this app is $50 when you can do most (if not all) of this for FREE, with a built-in app.

    • http://twitter.com/Koxi73 Koxi

      Well this might be a point for you, but here in Europe you mostly need a navigation when you are not in your home country, and as roaming is still quite expensive (1MB ->15 Euro) there is still a very high need for offline navigation.
      I'm living in a corner of Austria where 3 countries meet (so I'm 10mins away from Italy and Slovenia). I don't need a navigation app in austria (well except for vienna) because the country isn't that big

  • Lien Wee Hoo

    If I travel to other country, I have to download & pay another $30+??

    • squiddy20

      If you want the maps for that area, yep.

  • faceless128

    so, why would anyone choose this over NavFree?

  • GreenyO

    Actually it is compatible with my P6800 GTab 7.7", but it's the only one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/manolis.krestas Manolis Krestas

    The Greek Version don't have Greek Keyboard LOLOLOL

  • iTKe2k

    "OK, so maybe there's a silver lining: it is offline maps and navigation"
    sygic, i use it offline, it uses tomtom maps

  • http://chrisbauer.org Chris Bauer

    The play store page says it's compatible with my EVO LTE. Odd.

  • Andrea De Togni

    People complaining here probably have never used Tom Tom, which navigation is not only on par (or even better) than Google, but also offer a lot more features. One, for example, is ability to set waypoints (this for bike riders is fundamental, and the reason why I still use my old standalone navigation), offline maps for everywhere (you don't have to worry about where are you going in advance), crowd sourced map fixes, alternate paths for road blocks, specification of your avg speed on roads, alarms for set speed limits and much more. Google nav might be free and it's not bad at all, but is mostly "bring me there, I don't care about details" which is not for everyone. So I am very happy that TomTom finally came on Android, even if I agree with you that the choice of resolutions and devices is pretty... peculiar. :-)

  • Mike C.

    Even though the app is ridiculous, people (and google) seem not to understand the need for offline maps. In many places in Europe, if you take 10 steps (give or take a bit) you are in a different country. That means roaming and data roaming is very very expensive. Thus, you need offline docs, offline maps, offline navigation (which google does not provice), etc. Hence apps like this make sense (if only it supported modern devices and carried a decent price).

  • Kevin Niven

    Wow If I was on the TomTom board I would fire the person that thought this was a good idea!

  • Freak4Dell

    If Garmin would come out with an app, I'd consider buying it, but no thanks, TomTom, even if yours did support all devices.

  • Not Iphone fan

    True example of fragmentation.

    • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

      Not fragmentation, but poor programmers.

    • duplissi

      ... just thought that id point this bit out: it is out classed and out maneuvered by a free and better supported app; google maps.

      the difference is soo stark its laughable, so now tell my why i would care that this app wont run on my gnex?

  • Tee

    Probably they think that if you have bought a new top-device, you don't have the money to buy the app. I mean, the prices are just reckless. Sygic is much cheaper and all the free apps...

  • tBs_Battousai

    A few things will stop me buying this app:-

    A. They are too late to the party, I'm now used to Google Navigation and I just cache the maps of where I'm going while at home using wifi before leaving the house

    B. Cost, £40 for something that I'm already doing for free... I can't see a way to justify spending the money

    C. Compatibility, it wouldn't run on any of my devices even if I could afford to buy it, I find it hard to believe that a company as big as TomTom can't afford to develop the App properly so it supports multiple devices... small companies with only a handful of people can do that then give it away for free...

    Bit of a shame really as I always used to love my TomTom devices...

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.pober Andy Pober

    If the product looks good to you please let me know and I'll overcharge you for my retired Droid Incredible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507973810 Martin Cataldi-Rogers

    its a ploy to turn all your old phones into dedicated GPS's that you just leave inside your car

  • http://www.facebook.com/arjan.franssens Arjan Franssens

    I have got tomtom running on mu HTC Sensation with CM10!

  • http://www.facebook.com/arjan.franssens Arjan Franssens

    And the resolution of the Sensation is defenitly qHd