TomTom reveals in-house local search feature

GPS navigation company TomTom, which had been using Google's services for its local search feature, has announced its own local search capability called TomTom Places.

TechShout points out that the service will gather the company's business listing and enhanced points of interest and map database to replace Google Maps and Google Places capabilities.

TomTom Places won't replace Google's search entirely, but it will be the default engine in the company's new personal navigation devices, according to The Next Web. Its local search won't feature the United States initially, however.

"Initial plans cover Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Portugal, followed by a progressive roll out to other countries," a company spokesperson stated, as quoted by GPS Business News.

The updated in-house software will be available for download onto existing connected personal navigation devices and iPhones later this summer, according to TotalTelecom.

In addition, an Android application will be made available later in the year and will function as a search engine that displays a route description to the destination, but will not feature turn-by-turn navigation.