Dutch navigation systems manufacturer TomTom has launched an Android app which is priced at Rs 2,050. The app offers offline navigation support and free quarterly updates to users for lifetime.
TomTom says that at present it has over 100% coverage of more than 7,200 cities and towns across India.
The app is compatible with Android versions 2.2 and upwards and will need a minimum screen resolution of 800×400. The app also requires 960 MB of free space.
The app also has various other features like turn-by-turn voice navigation, integration with phone book contacts, lane guidance and landmark search.
The key selling point of TomTom over other free apps like Google Maps is that it offers offline navigation. The Mapmyindia (Sygic) app which also offers offline navigation is available on the Play Store for Rs 1,400 (Currently Rs 300 for a limited time). Though one can store portions of a Google Map for offline viewing you will not get any navigation instructions if offline. TomTom offers similar apps for other parts of the world.
You can download the TomTom app here.
Truecaller adds premium features to Android app
Truecaller, the world’s largest crowdsourced mobile phone, has announced that it will let users of its Android app subscribe to premium features. The subscription is Rs 55 per month or Rs 318 for 6 months. This is an in app subscription.
Users that subscribe to premium services will be able to see who’s viewed their profile along with the time. The subscription will also remove ads and will also give users 30 contact requests at the start of every month. These requests allow users to contact other Truecaller users by looking for their name in the Truecaller directory. To maintain privacy, Truecaller sends a text message to them requesting for permission to allow the user to see their contact details.
Truecaller says that the premium features will soon be introduced in its iPhone app also.
These services are being introduced as Truecaller goes about looking to monetize the data it has collected over the years. In July, the Syrian Electronic Army had claimed to have hacked Truecaller, raising concerns about the privacy of user’s data. The Truecaller app is very popular in India.
Truecaller had also partnered with Innoz a few months back to offer users the ability to find a person by a phone number worldwide via a SMS for free.
You can download the Truecaller Android app here.