Huawei to replace Google Maps with TomTom2020-01-20 15:13 by Daniela
Tags: Huawei, TomTom
With Huawei basically blocked from using Google services and infrastructure, the company has taken steps to replace Google Maps on its hardware. Huawei will work with Dutch digital mapping company TomTom to put maps on its phones. A TomTom spokesperson told Reuters that the deal closed "some time ago," but it became public late last week.
TomTom isn't just a new player in that field, having specialized in navigation services and devices for more than two decades now. This partnership is almost providential just as TomTom decided to shift its focus away from hardware and into licensing software and selling services. And even better, it isn't affected by the US Entity List ban on Huawei.
The deal is an important step in Huawei's near-impossible mission to offer a viable Google alternative on its future smartphones which run an open-source version of Android but cannot run Google's Play Store, Maps, YouTube and other services (older models, like the Huawei P30 Pro, still have all the Google services on board).
Although the U.S. ban isn't a big deal for Huawei in China because Google's services are blocked there anyway, it is important at the international level, where many of its customers rely on Google's apps.
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