Huawei To Reportedly Use TomTom’s Map As Google Maps Alternative

Posted: Jan 20 2020, 4:08am CST | by , in Technology News

 
Huawei to reportedly use TomTom’s map as Google Maps alternative

Huawei continues to strike deals as it moves away from Google.

Chinese electronics giant Huawei could opt for the digital map offered by Dutch navigation company TomTom now that it is about to lose major Google apps like Google Maps.

Reuters reported that TomTom has entered into a deal with Huawei for the use of the Dutch company’s maps and services in smartphone apps.

It comes as the Trump administration banned U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei, citing security threats.

This move has prompted Huawei to develop its own operating system in 2019, which it called HarmonyOS. Since the launch of its phone, Huawei has been using Google’s Android OS as the operating system of its phones.

However, the U.S. ban has placed the company’s relationships with U.S. companies in limbo, giving Huawei no choice but to build its own OS.

Meanwhile, Reuters said according to TomTom spokesman Remco Meerstra, the company’s deal with Huawei had been closed some time ago, but the two companies decided not to publicly disclose it.

TomTom offers its navigation GPS and apps, as well as traffic and live services to big companies including automakers.

Last Thursday, the company has partnered with Subaru to offer its maps platform to the carmaker’s customers.

Huawei has yet to make an announcement about the reported partnership.

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