Published: Tue, January 21, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

TomTom to provide maps to Huawei, as alternative to Google Maps

TomTom to provide maps to Huawei, as alternative to Google Maps

It is unclear what this deal means for the future but this is one of a few alternatives that the company has brought up in recent weeks.

This partner will now be Dutch navigation and digital mapping company TomTom, Reuters reported.

Dutch company TomTom, a big name in map technology in Europe, has announced a deal with Huawei. And with USA companies prohibited from selling technologies to the Chinese tech giant, it appears that it won't be easy for it to do that, too. From that wording it seems that Huawei will create their own apps but use TomTom data as the back end for their apps pulling data required for their new mapping apps from TomTom's trove of mapping information.

With Google's services blocked in China, the US ban isn't a big deal for the smartphone maker in China. It hasn't stopped looking out out for to gape for key apps and companies and products to interchange its dependence on Google's trendy tool.

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Following the development of HarmonyOS, Huawei started working to get different app developers onto the platform. Apps like Gmail and Maps have become ubiquitous with the Android experience. The apps are found on nearly every Android phone so they are some of the most used around the world.

Huawei has been touting its homegrown operating system Harmony OS, but executives have given conflicting messages on when Harmony might make its way onto Huawei phones. "We won't grow as rapidly as we did in the first half of 2019, growth that continued throughout the year owing to sheer momentum in the market", rotating chairman Eric Xu said in a New Year's message to employees. The new operating system is instead rumored to be for other Huawei products. The trade ban has already resulted in Huawei delaying the release of its latest handsets in Western countries.

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Huawei is finally taking matters into its own hands.

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