Published: Sat, August 17, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Huawei reportedly launching its own Google Maps replacement in October

Huawei reportedly launching its own Google Maps replacement in October

The announcement comes as Huawei defends itself from the U.S. government's trade war on China, with United States president Donald Trump delaying bans on contracts for the embattled telecoms company.

In a bid to challenge Google Maps, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei is reportedly planning to unveil its own mapping service known as Map Kit. Map Kit is a service which isn't aimed for consumers but is instead a way for Huawei's app developer partners to build mapping experiences for their shared customers.

Huawei Map Kit will be available in 40 languages.

However, the tool, called Map Kit, is not directly intended for consumer use, but is designed to encourage developers to create software based on its mapping capabilities.

Russian internet service Yandex is being tipped to supply Huawei with the bulk of the mapping data it needs, which will be added to data taken from infrastructure that Huawei already has in place. It will use the telecom base stations in over 160 countries and regions.

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The news comes only days after Huawei confirmed rumors that it's building its own operating system for mobile devices, laptops, wearables, and televisions, dubbed Harmony OS.

The features offered by Huawei's Map Kit would include real-time traffic conditions, AR features and lane change recognition. Google and Apple remain the big players in the field, regularly adding new information to their maps, and driving fleets of cars around the world to capture street view imagery.

However, the company has reiterated that it wants to keep working with Google.

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