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Popular dedicated navigation software arrives on Android, but many devices are incompatible

TomTom has launched its popular navigation service for Android on Google Play, bringing stand-alone offline navigation for many territories around toe world to the platform. Unlike Google Maps navigation, the app doesn't require a data connection to work, instead storing all the relevant data on your device. Maps are priced at around $50 per territory (between £31 and £50 in the UK), and come with host of features, which naturally includes turn-by-turn directions in multiple languages. There's also TomTom's "HD traffic" overlay, a 3D driving view and "fast" on-device route calculation.

However, a wide range of popular Android devices aren't compatible with TomTom's apps, including the HTC One X and One S, Google's Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus, Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Sony's Xperia S. Bizarrely, the just-launched Galaxy Note 2 is compatible. And we can also confirm that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, HTC One V, Samsung Galaxy S Advance, Sony Xperia P and Xperia U are marked as compatible, which makes for a rather haphazard selection of phones.

To see if you phone is supported, check the Google Play link above to view the U.S. and Canada version. Other territories are linked on that same page.

We went hands-on with the TomTom app for Android at IFA 2012 in August. Be sure to check out our hands-on report and video to learn more about what to expect form the app.


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TomTom navigation now available for some Android devices


This crap is about 2 years too late anyways. Offline is cool but Google Maps is probably very close to doing turn by turn off line. Every other features google does better

Not compatible with either my Infinity nor my Sprint Galaxy S III. Would like to check this out, especially if it's better at routing around traffic better than Google Nav or picking up a new destination on the way to your current destination and being smart about it.

AndroidCentral is getting really bad at reporting for some reason.

Anyway, a couple things not mentioned: That 50 bucks gives you a lifetime of map updates. Also, it's currently only compatible with up to a WVGA resolution. I'm sure that will change. As an Android phone owner, you get used to that kind of stuff.

First of all, I'd assume that they reached out to TomTom for an explanation. They are usually pretty good at that. But I'm sure it will take TomTom a day or two to respond, if they respond at all. You can't hold up your story on a blog for that long. If you do other blogs will report stuff faster and you'll lose your readers. People want to know everything immediately.

Secondly, it's usually pretty obvious why certain devices are incompatible. If you look at chipsets and operating systems the pattern is usually pretty obvious. In this case there doesn't seem to be a pattern, so there's no easy explanation to be had. It's probably that TomTom doesn't know whay they are doing on Android, and will update things soon.

That's a lot of devices to be incompatible with though. I mean Geez not even the Galaxy Nexus.....that is usually compatible with everything. It just shows me TomTom developed this app as an after thought.

@jean15paul, a simple Google search came up with an explanation of why it's not supported on all devices, from an article on SlashGear. It's not rocket science dude, it's just poor reporting and not doing their homework. It's ridiculous.

Plus can someone here tell me why would you pay for something like this when it is already free on almost all smartphones? What's wrong with Google Maps? I am confused.

EDIT: Never mind, the maps are stored offline. Got it!

On Google Maps, you can download large map areas for use offline using the "make available offline" feature. Do this for for your entire area (and where you intend to travel) and you will be able to have fast updated maps without data usage.

No it is not. I have a Nexus on JB and it is not compatible with it. Also, my brother has a Note, his is not compatible either.

Come one TomTom! Obviously there are many of us who are WILLING to pay the $50 for your app. Lost sales and market availability.

Actually, you can't store much offline. Maybe your local city (if its small), but not really enough area that you couldn't over-drive your maps on a road trip.

Is there any place east of the Mississippi where people ever get out of 3G Cellular range? Come out west some time guys.

"bringing stand-alone offline navigation for many territories around toe world to the platform."

Toe world? Seriously guys, let me be your editor! :-)

As far as navigation software goes, this is just not that big of a deal. Google Maps integrates with Android so much better (on any Android phone, btw) plus being able to cache maps for offline use, makes this sort of thing, seem a bit dated, IMHO.

Well I went on a small road trip last weekend to a place with no service. When I went to use my GPS because the route back home was closed for construction. I had to wander around aimlessly til I got enough signal to catch back on with Google Nav. I should've cached the map for the area. I had no idea that there would be absolutely no service there though. Would've been nice to have map data stored locally on the device.

Google Android Navigation works without the use of an Internet connection. It is not the Google Maps app, it is the blue arrow icon on your phone as far as I know.

That's not completely true, if you store your maps offline or you start a route and lose your data connection while driving Google Nav will still route you. However, if you have offline maps on your device and you have no data connection, Google maps WILL NOT start navigation while offline. You'll be able to look at maps but you need data to start your trip at the very least.

Which basically tells you that the software used to determine routes (and then the best one) is stored in the cloud.

Says my HTC Inspire 4G (rooted, running 4.1.1 JB courtesy of codefireX) is compatible. Yawn.

My wife has a TomTom OneX. She likes it, so I have to pay ~$50 for new map updates every year. Lifetime map updates for that $49.95 is about the only good thing about this.

Google Maps rocks.

I like TomTom's interface but prefer Garmin's. Any word on when they will come to Android? I did not see any trail version. There also does not appear to be any options to get traffic alerts. Seems like a rushed to market development.

It will be interesting to see how many try to install this on a 10+ inch tablet. Hopefully auto makers like Toyota will integrate TomTom's NAV app on their Android based radio systems. The current ones offered by the automakers looks like something found on Nav units of the 90's.

Waze is great for avoiding speed traps and hazards, but it sucks at driving directions. It will get you there, but it won't take the fastest or shortest route. That being said, I use it every day on my commute for speed traps. But if I don't know where I'm going and need directions, it's Google Maps/Nav.

Why would you use it over Google Navigation?

No off line maps, and once you wander outside the very few areas where it is popular, you get no input from other waze users. None.

So now you are left with mediocre maps, no input about road closures, speed traps, construction from other.

At least with Google maps you get real time traffic info (even in east podunk north dakota) and vastly better routing and points of interest.

tomtom for android is a hard sell because of google maps. Why wouldn't they sell it at a discounted price first to try and gain support, bad enough it almost doesn't work on any new devices.

Androidcentral needs to do a review and tell TomTom this is unacceptable to make a brand new app for Android and make it for old phones. They didn't do this for icrap phones. Then when it doesn't sell they will stop supporting Android platform. SMH.
Which idiot in the company made this decision. I smell Apple all over this.
I waited for years for this to come to Android and this is what we get...garbage that can't run on my one year old GNex.
News flash TomTom idiots most andriod phones made these days are 720p.

Go to The Verge to get the full story. They followed up with TomTom, and got the scoop on Android Central as to WHY some devices are not supported.

Co-pilot is much cheaper. Most people don't even bother with the offline maps beyond what Google can do. Overpriced for today's market.

I've been using CoPilot for a few years and, while I go to Google Nav first, if I am in a sketchy signal area CP does a great job. With recent upgrades the maps and directions are much more accurate than they used to be. I can't imagine paying $50 for TomTom when you can CoPilot for a fraction of that price and get free map updates too.

If your carrier offers the use of Telenav Navigator for free, than you already have TomTom in a way, look at the bottom right screen of the map.

$50 for this service or Telenav for free? Which one? And TomTom is not compatible with the top devices out there? brainier! Good luck TomTom.

I was looking forward to this. They must be busy getting Apple maps back on speck. To say that this is beyond FAIL is an understatement. At this point i'll stay with Google Nav and Waze. Hopefully this will light a fire under Tom Tom and have them get this fixed. Well at least I saved 50.00. :D

I´ve been waiting for TomTom many years but you know what... Too late!!! We´ve got a lot of good navigators for Android... They can stay with Apple forever... I am not giving to them any single cent...

Why would ANYBODY purchase this when you can use Google Maps for free?
Makes no sense. I don't see this being a big seller, especially at that price point.