GPS maker TomTom said today that the company plans on releasing a navigation app for Android smartphones.
The announcement came at this year’s IFA event in Berlin and also dated the application, pegging a release in October this year.
TomTom’s app will be in direct competition with Google and other free navigation solutions but TomTom will still be charging for the app. The company hopes to draw in paid users by offering functions like offline maps that do not need to be pulled in from the internet while navigating.
The app will feature real-time traffic updates and speed trap locations but these two functions will require an internet connection to use.
There are no details on pricing but there will be 24 regional versions of the app at launch, covering most of Europe, the States, some countries in South America and some Asia Pacific countries. A South African version of the app is unlikely at the October launch.
Source: PC World