Navigation software developer TomTom is cooperating with Mozilla and telecom provider Telefónica on making maps available for users with a Firefox OS smartphone. Some Telefónica customers will also receive turn-by-turn navigation on their Firefox OS phone.
Firefox OS already has a map app, it comes with Here Maps from Nokia. But now also TomTom’s Maps Online has become available in the Firefox Marketplace. Nav Online, TomTom’s app for voice guided turn-by-turn navigation will first only become available for Telefónica customer in several markets.
In 2013, Telefónica was the first telecom provider to sell Firefox OS phones. Meanwhile the company has released Firefox smartphones in 14 countries, especially in Central America, a region where the amount of smartphone users is still relative low.
TomTom has not disclosed any financial details on the cooperation. The company tries to become less dependent on personal navigation device sales and e.g. also sells maps to Apple for Apple Maps. TomTom also recently released an app that allows users to navigate 75km for free.