Once upon a time, if we wanted to work out how not to get lost, a cumbersome street map was our only viable option. Thank goodness those days are long gone. However, having to carry around a dedicated GPS device to gain some navigational savvy can get a tad inconvenient. Well, if you’re an Android user who’d like to cut down on the plethora of high-tech clutter in your erm, man-bag, here’s some good news: TomTom has finally released their new Navigation app for Android smartphones.
Designed especially for drivers, this app comes with many of the features you’d expect from a full-function TomTom device. It gets even better: All the high-resolution maps are stored offline on your handset while remaining fully navigable – which means you don’t have to worry about losing signal in the middle of your journey, or pay roaming charges while travelling abroad.
Features include IQ Routes (showing the fastest route), HD Traffic (live traffic updates), Advanced Lane Guidance (for extra clarity when negotiating difficult junctions) and Speed Cameras (helping you to avoid fines with real-time alerts), to mention a few. It also provides clear turn-by-turn guidance while you’re on the phone, integrates easily with your Android contacts and provides spoken street names, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road. You also get free quarterly map updates to ensure you always have the latest version at your fingertips.
For it to work on your phone it must have Android 2.2 or higher, a screen resolution of 800×480 or 854×480 and 215 MB to 3.7 GB of free space (depending on the app and the associated map). It can be purchased from the Google Play store at a special introductory price of R478. For more information visit www.tomtom.com