TomTom, the popular GPS navigational system, is launching a new app for Android phones in October. The app lets users turn their phones into a GPS device with mapping tools, and turn-by-turn navigation. The Android app could also potentially include add on features such as real-time traffic information and warnings about speed trap cameras.
TomTom has offered iOS apps since 2009, but this is the first push to offer apps outside of Apple devices. The iPhone/iPad apps are designed per geographic region and range in price from $49.99-$119.99. (The U.S. & Canada edition is $59.99). TomTom also offers hands free dock mounts for navigation using an iPod or an iPhone.
The Wall Street Journal‘s Market Watch has more: “The move is a matter of better late than never, according to some market watchers. ‘It has taken TomTom way too long to come up with an Android app,’ SNS Securities’ analyst Martijn den Drijver said in an investor note. But he said the step was a way into the Android market, potentially opening up a significant new revenue stream.”