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TomTom Developer API


It was almost exactly one year ago when I speculated it was time for one of the GPS companies to release a GPS App Store. Looks like I was thinking in the right direction as TomTom said today they are indeed going to open up a developer API.

Few details are known right now other than this WSJ article but with the proliferation of “connected” PNDs the timing is right. Also note that the new TomTom LIVE 1000 announced today for Europe features a WebKit based browser interface– making it ripe for developers to build webapps for PNDs. With technologies like HTML5 offering the ability to view a user’s location (with permission, of course) there are fantastic possibilities for apps on PNDs.

3 Responses

  1. I’m pretty sure the GPS companies will view this as an opportunity to enhance their shrinking market. With phone companies offering free navigation and larger screens on the phone the GPS companies have to find a way to stay viable. Otherwise, why would you buy a dedicated GPS? My Nokia does what I want for free. I prefer my HP iPaq, but would I buy it now? Probably not.

    patruns - April 27th, 2010
  2. One of the pics of the 1000 on Engadget was ‘make your own menu’ meaning there is some customization built in also.

    offthegrid - April 27th, 2010
  3. I suppose the forthcoming Garminfone will have apps available through the Android Market. I hope they offer it on other devices in the near future. I like Slacker Radio and I think that it would make a great app on a Garmin GPS!

    Jim - April 29th, 2010

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