02-03-2011 02:09 PM
I am, in general, a fan of TomTom. I find IQRoutes to be revolutionary. But I also find Live Services to be so unreliability in the US that I stopped paying for it and my TomTom 740 Live sits on a shelf in the basement collecting dust.
I cannot figure out for the life of me why TomTom is AWOL on the Android platform. If TomTom is a world leader in navigation technology, why would you concede the US Android market to Google, Mapquest, ALK, Navigon, NDrive, TeleNav, Sygic and soon to be Route 66?
TomTom had an opportunity to be a leader in mobile navigation. Instead they've given multiple competitors the opportunity to get a huge lead on them. At some point the TomTom brand will be irrelevant to consumers as they learn to use other brands and like them. The longer you let a customer use free Google Navigation, the longer they have to realize that the features they give up aren't all that important, because after all, it is free.
The last unique hook that TomTom has is IQRoutes. They could be leveraging that uniqueness to drive people to their Android app. Instead, they are totally absent from the market. What an utter disappointment. And this month I see yet another shiny new PND series being released. At a likely purchase price of >$250 and another $120 per year for Live Services, those economics are ridiculous in a world dominated by smartphone competitors. Why would I buy a dedicated PND when, for the same money, I can buy a (now, dual core) smartphone and have no ongoing recurring fee?
I've always said that hardware companies (Garmin and TomTom) don't know how to think like a nimble software company. This is a prime example.
02-03-2011 05:10 PM
TomTom has linked up with Route66 - so the Route66 app is kind of TomTom ;-)
02-03-2011 11:54 PM
Route 66 for Android is still awol however
03-03-2011 02:43 AM
05-03-2011 11:23 AM
Indeed, when can we expect a tomtom on Android, I now still have to keep my old phone (windows 6.5 mobile) for international travel and i now use google for national travel. But if a tomtom app came along i will still think about buying it. Tomtom promised already in december of 2009 that an android version was onroute.......... shame on tomtom.
And the standard replys that other players use tomtom maps does not fly with me....
08-03-2011 02:24 AM