Huawei is going to be using TomTom as an alternative to Google maps after it was blacklisted by the U.S.
In fact, the company has reached an agreement with the Dutch location provider TomTom which will allow it to use the company’s maps, traffic information and navigation software to develop its own mobile apps.
According to news reports by Reuters, the deal is significant for Huawei because the company is taking more steps to reduce the effects of the U.S. trade ban. It would be recalled that the U.S. placed a ban on Huawei citing national concerns. This prevented U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei without a special license.
Due to the ban, Google suspended Huawei’s access to its Android operating system, Google’s proprietary apps and services including Google Maps. And as we all know, the company relies on U.S. software and components for its smartphones. The ban might not bother Huawei in China but it is a big deal for them as many of its international customers rely on Google apps.
Recently the senior U.S. officials discouraged British ministers from using Huawei’s technology in its 5G networks, arguing that the move would put non-stop intelligence-sharing at risk. However, a news report by The Guardian, indicates that the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson might not be considering the U.S. advice and might end up giving Huawei’s technology the approval it deserves.
The new deal with TomTom signifies that Huawei is working tirelessly to deal with the U.S. ban. Huawei revealed that it now has its own operating system, HarmonyOS, an alternative to Android. The operating system, which the company is planning to make available over the next few years, is designed to work across a variety of devices, including TVs, smartphones, tablets and IoT gadgets.