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TomTom releases an Android app… that only works on older low-res devices

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:38PM EST

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TomTom this week released its popular mobile navigation platform as an Android app that’s now available for $38 on the Google (GOOG) Play store. There is a big catch, however, as The Verge reports that the TomTom Android app not only lacks some features such as FourSquare integration that the iOS version has but it also won’t work on several recently-released Android devices including the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 7, the HTC One X, the Galaxy S III, and the Galaxy Note.

A spokesperson for TomTom says that although the app will work on devices that have Android 2.2 or higher, the devices have to run at resolutions of 800 x 480 pixels or 854 x 480 pixels, meaning all of the recent high-spec Android phones are out. The company says it’s committed to upgrading the app for higher resolutions but doesn’t yet have a timetable for when those upgrades will be released.



Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.