The Google Play Store now lists the availability of the TomTom GPS app for Android. The link is at:
The app is similar in features to the existing TomTom app for iPhones - it has downloadable maps ,etc.
The official compatibility list says that it works only on phones with screens up to 854 by 480, but I have had it working for a couple of months on my Nexus 7 with a much higher resolution screen - albeit with some image distortion. I feel confident that the screen issue will be high on the list of future improvements.
With best wishes,
- Tom -
Hopefully they fix the screen size issue soon. I have a Galaxy S3, which isn't compatible, so I can't install it.
Unless they have added some code to the production release to actually prevent installation, you should be able to install it on the Galaxy SIII and it should run just as well as on an officially compatible device, but with an imperfect screen image. However, although the screen image will be distorted, it should be usable - it certainly is on my Nexus 7, which I believe has the same screen resolution as the Galaxy SIII.
I think that it's highly probable that dealing with the screen resolution issue is very high on TomTom's priority list.
How did you install on your Nexus 7? Normally, Google Play Store does not allow incompatible program to be installed on a device (no install button). The incompatible program wont even show up in searches.
Google Play was not involved, as I have a pre-release version on the Nexus 7.
You are correct, as it appears that Google Play is only allowing download to devices that meet the screen resolutions that are currently officially supported - although I have heard rumors of people getting around that restriction.
FWIW, here is a link to a UK sales site that gives additional information - and sales propaganda, of course
BTW, I have seen more than one public statement from TomTom that the support of additional screen resolutions is *very* high on their priority list. (Apparently they have had a *lot* of comments about failure to directly support the Samsung Galaxy SIII with this initial release.)
I went with a round about way of getting it on the Nexus 7, but nothing out of my pocket since I still had the $25 Google Play credit from the purchase of the Nexus still saved. It doesn't really look any different on my Nexus 7 compared to my HTC Incredible, other then the "3D" map screen has much finer lines (higher resolution screen compared to the phone of course). As it is, it's perfectly usable and I can't see it changing much from what it looks like now.
I agree, the screen issues on the Nexus 7 are minor and don't really affect my use of the TomTom Android app as a GPS and nav program. If I run it on the Nexus 7 side by side with my HTC Droid Incredible 2, the Nexus 7 screen glitches are more obvious, but they don't really affect the functionality.
Personally, I really like the larger screen, and the only thing that I am really missing on the Nexus 7 is the lack of HD Traffic reception. At rush hour, I typically run the TomTom app on the HTC phone rather than the Nexus 7, just because I have become so spoiled in recent months by the HD Traffic data.
I've been attempting to tether the Nexus 7 to the phone to get the traffic data into the Nexus so the app will have the additional capability that it has on the phone, but so far I have not been successful. (That may be because I refuse to pay Verizon's ransom fee to use the phone as a hotspot, given how much I am already paying for a data plan that gives me much more download monthly than I would ever use for HD Traffic.) I have heard that this would be more practical if the HTC were running Android 4.0 instead of Android 2.3.4, so I'm going to investigate that soon.
You could always root the phone and get tethering that way. The process isn't really that difficult, though it can void your warranty on the phone (if you still have one on it), but even then, there are way to root without voiding the warranty. I went ahead and did so on my Incredible (original, not 2) since it was long past its warranty and even run a custom rom with it.
I even have a Samba server running on the Incredible along with a CIFS mounter on the Nexus 7 so I can use the 32GB micro SDHC card on the Incredible, just as if it was a SD card in the Nexus. NowI can carry nearly my entire music collection, without taking up any space on the Nexus 7 and leaving that little bit of space it does have for other apps.
I've been debating doing something like that, but have been holding off waiting for HTC to release ICS (Android 4.0) for the Incredible 2 - which is only 3+ months late if you believe their original press release. I've seen some comments on the xda-developers forum that upgrading from Android 2.3.4 to 4.0 should allow a dependable and full-function tether without any need to root the phone, and I hope that this is correct. (And I am also hoping to avoid having Verizon charge me an excessive fee for using the phone as a hotspot.)
I have been able to get a Bluetooth tether using Foxfi on the phone and PdaNetTablet on the Nexus 7, but it is not dependable, and typically is lost after only a few minutes. Oh well, the challenge of getting this working so I can get HD Traffic on my Nexus 7 should at least keep me off the streets and out of the bars - which should please my wife.
rooted my SGS2 and run customized ROM with JB 4.1.1. Runs so much faster and smoother than GB or ICS. TomTom runs just fine, no problem.
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