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TomTom - Your journey... Now on Android

TomTom - Your journey... Now on Android
Not long ago, if you wanted to travel and not get lost your two options were to get a dedicated GPS device or get a map. Seldom have we dared venture to new destinations without some form of guidance. Thankfully, over time smartphones became capable of handling increasingly complex tasks such as navigation.

TomTom
 
Why is navigation so complex? Because it requires a decent amount of processing power to figure out where you are and where you want to go. On top of that you get highly detailed maps with various points of interest and let us tell you, they aren’t light. A single region of Europe can take up several gigabytes of free space crippling even the toughest smartphones out there. There is another issue that needs to be addressed as well; what happens when you upgrade your device? Does your TomTom come along or does it stay behind? Well let’s take a closer look and find out!

TomTom
 
Upgrading to a new smartphone has its difficulties, especially if you are switching to a new operating system. Since each OS does things differently, most of us will need some time to adjust and get in the groove with the new options and functions. Over time you become used to specific apps and you might not be able to find them on other systems, so it’s worth taking some time to investigate before you make the jump. Our favorite navigation app, TomTom, has given us years of trouble-free guidance in and out of London, to our cherished vacation spots, and on every business trip we have ever taken. To us, it has become an indispensable tool on our journeys and something we simply can’t imagine living without. As a result, each time we change our smartphone there is a nerve-racking moment of wondering whether it will work on a new device.

TomTom
 
Before any decisions are made, you should know one thing; TomTom’s license is not transferable between Android and iOS. If you made a purchase in the Apple store, once you switch to Android you will have to make an entirely new purchase. Scour around the internet for information and you’ll see that many users have the same complaint. The matter of fact is there are no two ways about it. Apple and Google are competing companies and transferring content between them was never meant to be easy. It is certainly a drawback, but depending on the amount of your investment, it can be overcome.

TomTom
 
Once you have selected a platform, things get much simpler. We will focus on Android for the time being and imagine that you have just purchased a Samsung Galaxy S6 and want to install the latest TomTom navigation. All you really need to do is make sure that you have enough storage space available and go to the Play Store in order to download the latest version of the app. You might have heard or read that some users experienced difficulties when upgrading to a newer handset, but all the issues have been fixed with the latest update. Devices running on Android 4.4 KitKat experienced issues due to the inability to store maps on expandable memory cards. It meant that you would have to free up many gigabytes on your phone which is not always a possibility. The latest update allows you to store map data directly on SD cards, eliminating all issues for users with expandable storage.

With support for HD resolutions, TomTom looks great and runs like a dream so be sure to give it a shot and see for yourself! If you experience any other issues, let us know in the comments and we will give them a closer look!
 


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