Once one of the most popular mapping services, TomTom is now struggling to find its way on the Android platform.The application has been launched on Google Play store for about two months but has yet to exceed 500 downloads. The low number of downloads might be due to its high price or short number of compatible devices.
Well, it looks like developers have solved one of these problems with their latest update, which adds support for more Android devices.
According to TomTom, the application is now optimized for Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, LG Optimus G, Nexus 4 and other new smartphones with a screen resolution between 800 x 480 pixels and 1280 x 800 pixels.
In fact, this update is said to bring support for more than 200 new Android smartphones, which weren’t compatible with TomTom navigation application until recently.
In addition, TomTom for Android now allows users to download and store maps by default on an SD card, in case it’s available, of course.
The Driving View feature has also been updated, “making the journey information clearer at a glance. In addition, postcode entry is more flexible and the app can find locations from the phone address book more reliably.”
Developers also claim that the map downloads are more reliable due to an improvement in the download mechanism. Last but not least, TomTom promises it will offer the next map update sometime in December.
TomTom 1.1 is now available for download via Google Play store and it should be fully compatible with most devices running Android 2.2 and up.
Keep in mind that TomTom can be purchased for a limited period at the special, discounted price of £30.99 / €41 / $52.
Before purchasing the application, Android users should make sure that there are at least 2.2GB of free storage space, either on the internal phone memory or external storage.