Asia Bizz: Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC has recently joined hands with mapping solutions company TomTom. The announcement was made on March 1, 2012 and TomTom  states that it has partnered with the handset manufacturer in order to provide maps, points of interests and turn by turn directions for its range of smartphones in the country.

In a statement, the mapping solutions company said that the partnership marks the first consumer focused implementation of TomTom’s map data in the fast growing Indian market. ABI research has said that in the year 2012, more than 5.2 million smartphones are expected to be shipped in the country.

It is also expected that the number might triple by the year 2015. Nuno Campos, TomTom’s Vice President, said that they are excited to expand their first global offerings by powering the map services for all the HTC smartphones in the country.

TomTom has headquarters in Amsterdam and provides solutions like digital maps, navigation software, traffic intelligence solutions, fleet management services, devices and smartphone apps to the consumers, governments, enterprises and automotive industry. The company stepped in the country in the month of September 2011 with the range of VIA series of portable navigation devices.