October 20, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
The QWERTY slider Desire Z and the massive Desire HD are the two first devices to rock the new and improved version of HTC Sense. One of the additions in the updated Sense UI that we’ve been hearing about is HTC Locations: a navigation service that among other things allows maps to be preloaded. Today, HTC announced that this feature will be brought to Sense via a partnership with TomTom: a Dutch manufacturer of GPS products.
TomTom maps will initially only be available on the Desire HD and Desire Z in Europe and Asia, but the Taiwanese manufacturer says that “a wide variety of future smartphones and geographies” will be able to enjoy this service later on. Since Google Maps Navigation only is supported in the US so far still is unavailable in many countries outside the US, this is a welcome addition that can provide users with turn-by-turn navigation. However, while maps and location content are preloaded, turn-by-turn navigation has to be purchased and downloaded through HTC Locations or HTC Sync.
From the press release:
TomTom and HTC unite to deliver best of class location and navigation experience on the phone
Amsterdam and Taoyuan, Taiwan – 20 October 2010 – TomTom, the world’s leading provider of location and navigation solutions, and HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced they are combining strengths to deliver superb navigation and location solutions on HTC smartphones.
HTC Locations, HTC’s new mapping experience, comes preloaded with TomTom’s location-rich maps, resulting in a zero-wait navigation experience. HTC Locations is initially available on the new HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z smartphones in Europe and Asia and will be extended to a wide variety of future smartphones and geographies.
“I am very pleased to be providing HTC customers with TomTom’s accurate location and navigation content on their phones wherever they are. The beauty of it is that the maps are preloaded and instantly available at users’ fingertips. For the first time, this makes the power of TomTom navigation content available ‘in-pocket’ for HTC smartphone users”, says Maarten van Gool, Managing Director of TomTom Licensing.
“This partnership with TomTom underlines HTC’s commitment to giving our customers an innovative navigation experience that is natural and provides unique enhancements for common navigation needs,” said John Wang, Chief Marketing Officer, HTC Corporation. “HTC and TomTom have worked closely to optimize these amazing capabilities on HTC smartphones through our new HTC Locations application.”
Maps and location content come preloaded on HTC Locations while turn-by-turn navigation can be purchased and downloaded through HTC Locations or HTC Sync.