Aug 29th, 2012

When we originally heard TomTom would be headed to Android we were told we would see it by Summer’s end. Unfortunately, it appears that window has been pushed back. TomTom for Android is being previewed in Berlin today, and one of the representatives mentioned that the navigation app will not be here until October.

That’s not a long wait from now, but  it always sucks when a release window is missed. Regardless, at least it’s still coming to the Google Play Store. The one worry I have is with pricing.

The iOS version of TomTom is $60, and for that you only get maps for the US and Canada. That’s a lot to task for when you’re competing with the comparatively cheaper CoPilot and the free Google Maps.

But TomTom’s value is immediately evident with its feature-set, and since it’s too long to sum up here I’ll direct you to the iTunes store to take a look for yourself. In the meantime, Google Maps and I are getting along just fine. Read on for full press details.

BERLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TomTom previews its new navigation application for Android at IFA today. TomTom navigation, map and traffic technologies will be incorporated into the new app.

“We aim to make TomTom content and services available to as many devices and platforms as we can”

TomTom’s on-board maps, IQ Routes and HD Traffic will give Android users the freshest map, the fastest routes and the most accurate arrival times. The application is set for release in October 2012.

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

This announcement follows the recent release of the TomTom Hands-free Car Kit for Smartphones. The kit allows users to charge their phone and mount it in clear view. An in-built speaker then delivers the highest quality audio for loud and clear navigation instructions and calls.

More details, pricing and availability will be announced closer to the launch date.