TomTom Android app won't support Galaxy S3, Nexus 7 -- yet

The application, which launched today, restricted to devices that come with 800x480 or 854x480 resolutions, meaning many flagship smartphones won't support it.

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TomTom today launched its flagship Navigation for Android application. But there's one problem: it won't work on some of the top Android devices today.

The new app, which is available in the Google Play store, includes full offline support and free use of the maps over its lifetime. According to TomTom, the program includes live traffic information and locations of speed cameras to help users avoid hefty fines. The application supports turn-by-turn guidance, of course, and calls out street names while providing lane guidance.

Given those features, some users might jump at the chance to try out the high-powered app. However, TomTom says that the program is limited to screen resolutions of 800 x 480 and 854 x 480. In other words, devices with higher screen resolutions won't support the application for now.

That's awfully bad news for owners of some of the latest and greatest Android devices. The Samsung Galaxy S3, for example, has a 1,280 x 720 HD display. Google's latest tablet launch, the Nexus 7, comes with a screen resolution of 1,280 x 800.

For its part, TomTom hasn't said why its application doesn't support devices with higher resolutions, but it did reassure users that it's "committed to supporting higher resolutions on an ongoing basis." It's not clear when that will happen, though.

For all of the others, however, the TomTom Navigation for Android app is available now in the Google Play store for an introductory price of 34.99 euros (about $45).

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