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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Unfortunately, it isn't compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S111, probably the best selling Android phone on the market - what a massive c0ck-up by TomTom

working on my sg3
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

westentertainer wrote:
IanS100 wrote:
Unfortunately, it isn't compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S111, probably the best selling Android phone on the market - what a massive c0ck-up by TomTom

working on my sg3


Does now but didn't when Ian wrote that comment back in October last year! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Galaxy S3 support was added in version 1.1 in early December. The original release in October did not support it.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, support for my Galaxy Note added then too - and it works quite well. was slow to shift, but with a new simplified car mount for it (as opposed to the big and clumsy Samsung one), TT and the Note have taken over for my daily sat nav use

It is still not quite there with my standalones (for speed of set up, ease and fluidity of use) but nearly - and has the benefit of a bigger screen, high res, faster (almost instant) HD Traffic on

Of course, I use another phone (my Nokia Lumia 920) as my main PHONE - and get very few calls though to the Note - if it were my main phone, it would become unusable as a satnav for me)
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gave TT Android another try yesterday on my SGS3 &, as far as I'm concerned, it's worse than useless. I set off following a route set on both the in-car & TT/SGS3 and after driving a few miles I checked the route on TT, only to find that the location arrow was nowhere to be seen because I had driven completely off the map. After centring the map/ my location I still couldn’t fathom out where I was because the map was zoomed so far out that I couldn’t even distinguish the road I was on, so I had to manually zoom in to see where I was. This amount of hands on activity may be acceptable for an app designed for hiking but it’s ridiculous and dangerous (and possibly illegal) when used in a car. TomTom may have the best routing algorithms but that can’t overcome the fundamental usability issues, so until they add a “direction of travel” view and sort out some of the other serious problems I won’t be trying it again. Personally, I think they should’ve issued this as a free Beta product and only started charging once they’d got it working properly
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I think they should’ve issued this as a free Beta product and only started charging once they’d got it working properly
Why do that when you can sell the beta product?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

M8TJT wrote:
IanS100 wrote:
I think they should’ve issued this as a free Beta product and only started charging once they’d got it working properly
Why do that when you can sell the beta product?


Good point! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These days don't we live our lives in Beta?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IanS100 wrote:
I gave TT Android another try yesterday on my SGS3 &, as far as I'm concerned, it's worse than useless. I set off following a route set on both the in-car & TT/SGS3 and after driving a few miles I checked the route on TT, only to find that the location arrow was nowhere to be seen because I had driven completely off the map. After centring the map/ my location I still couldn’t fathom out where I was because the map was zoomed so far out that I couldn’t even distinguish the road I was on, so I had to manually zoom in to see where I was. This amount of hands on activity may be acceptable for an app designed for hiking but it’s ridiculous and dangerous (and possibly illegal) when used in a car. TomTom may have the best routing algorithms but that can’t overcome the fundamental usability issues, so until they add a “direction of travel” view and sort out some of the other serious problems I won’t be trying it again. Personally, I think they should’ve issued this as a free Beta product and only started charging once they’d got it working properly


Regarding positioning, the Tomtom app uses android's positioning services. I've noticed the "in the fields" about once a week with my Galaxy S3, ever since the Jellybean upgrade. When it happens I get the same issue with GoogleNav, so my assumption is that it is a Samsung problem. I have to reboot the phone to resolve it.

Regarding 2D direction of travel, Tomtom has confirmed that the next release will include it, but could not confirm timing of that release.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mvl_boston wrote:
IanS100 wrote:
I gave TT Android another try yesterday on my SGS3 &, as far as I'm concerned, it's worse than useless. I set off following a route set on both the in-car & TT/SGS3 and after driving a few miles I checked the route on TT, only to find that the location arrow was nowhere to be seen because I had driven completely off the map. After centring the map/ my location I still couldn’t fathom out where I was because the map was zoomed so far out that I couldn’t even distinguish the road I was on, so I had to manually zoom in to see where I was. This amount of hands on activity may be acceptable for an app designed for hiking but it’s ridiculous and dangerous (and possibly illegal) when used in a car. TomTom may have the best routing algorithms but that can’t overcome the fundamental usability issues, so until they add a “direction of travel” view and sort out some of the other serious problems I won’t be trying it again. Personally, I think they should’ve issued this as a free Beta product and only started charging once they’d got it working properly


Regarding positioning, the Tomtom app uses android's positioning services. I've noticed the "in the fields" about once a week with my Galaxy S3, ever since the Jellybean upgrade. When it happens I get the same issue with GoogleNav, so my assumption is that it is a Samsung problem. I have to reboot the phone to resolve it


There was nothing wrong with the SGS3 GPS positioning, and I can’t say that I’ve ever found myself in a “field”, the problem was that I’d driven off the TT map & once centred I was zoomed so far out I couldn’t make out the road I was on ie:

IanS100 wrote:
After centring the map/ my location I still couldn’t fathom out where I was because the map was zoomed so far out that I couldn’t even distinguish the road I was on, so I had to manually zoom in to see where I was.


mvl_boston wrote:
Regarding 2D direction of travel, Tomtom has confirmed that the next release will include it, but could not confirm timing of that release.


Thanks, I posted the info in another thread, unfortunately TT “expect that it will be over 4 weeks away” and knowing TomTom it will probably be much longer, so it will be at least a month before I give it another go.
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