Google already offers Google Maps Navigation, a free, real-time turn-by-turn application for Android smartphones that offers points of interest and other features that PNDs offer.
However, the Google Navigation feature usually requires a 3G connection, although a small number of maps can be preloaded onto the phone via Wi-Fi before setting out.
Update Star includes support for many languages such as English, German, French, Italian, Hungarian, Russian and many more.
Nokia has also said it would offer free navigation services on its phones.
And on Monday, Map Quest said it would make a free turn-by-turn navigation app available to the Apple i Phone.
Users who don't need spoken names can step down to the XL 340 (sans "S") and save a few bucks.
The unit comes bundled with 14 English, French, and Spanish voices. ) Using the free Tom Tom Map Share service lets users make corrections to street names, directions, road speeds, POIs, and so on and upload those changes to be approved and shared with other Tom Tom Map Share users.
With a bit of practice, the Tom Tom's Easy Port mount becomes quite easy to place and remove from the windshield and offers a bit more flexibility of mounting angles than the Garmin.
The integrated cradle adds considerable bulk to the XL's already large size, more than doubling its thickness.
The XL 340 S' features, such as advanced lane guidance, daily fuel prices, IQ Routes, and Tom Tom Map Share, work together to constantly update its map data and route-mapping algorithm.
Therefore, in theory, the device should get better with time.
Perhaps stung by the growing number of free navigation solutions, Tom Tom has announced that lifetime map and traffic updates will be available on a number of models, priced as low as 9.95.
Tom Tom said that the upgrade would be available to "Select Tom Tom devices across the Tom Tom XL and Tom Tom XXL product lines," with either the free lifetime traffic upgrade, free lifetime maps upgrade, or both.
To attach the unit to your windshield, simply flip out the suction cup, place the device on the windshield, and twist the locking ring a quarter-turn.