IFA 2012: TomTom unveils new Android app ahead of October launch

There's no better way to start a warm and sunny summer's day in Berlin than by traipsing around a gargantuan exhibition complex, and that's exactly what ITProPortal has been up to this morning as IFA 2012 fever starts to descend on the German capital.

First on our agenda today was a visit to Dutch navigation systems specialist TomTom, which is using its IFA soapbox to announce an Android version of its popular sat-nav mobile app. The new software will arrive in Google Play this October, with an exact release date and pricing set to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

"We aim to make TomTom content and services available to as many devices and platforms as we can. Bringing TomTom navigation to Android smartphones is, therefore, a significant milestone for us," said TomTom managing director Corinne Vigreux in a statement.

The Android app will feature all of TomTom's trademark navigation, map and traffic technologies, including on-board maps, IQ Routes and HD Traffic, to help deliver the fastest routes and the most accurate arrival times to drivers.

In our meeting, TomTom stressed that safe driving was one of the cornerstones of its product line, and in addition to unveiling the Android app, the firm also showed off its latest range of handset cradles this morning at its expansive open plan booth, which was near competition despite most of the IFA halls still resembling a construction site.

Without directly speculating, TomTom added that indoor mapping was an area it may be interested in looking at in the future.

For a better idea of what TomTom's upcoming Android app and its new line of mounts look like, check out our exclusive slideshow (below), and stay tuned to our dedicated IFA 2012 news feed for all the latest from Berlin.

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