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Technology Huawei will use TomTom for maps now that it's cut off from Google

03:00  20 january  2020
03:00  20 january  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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Now that Huawei is effectively cut off from Google , how is going to provide navigation on its phones? By finding a non-American partner, of course. TomTom has revealed that it struck a deal with Huawei to provide maps , navigation and traffic data for the Chinese manufacturer' s apps.

Huawei has a message for the United States: It can live without Google Maps . The Chinese smartphone giant has reached a deal with the Dutch location technology provider TomTom that will Huawei Will Get Mapping Tech from TomTom Because the U. S . Banned It from Using Google Maps .

Now that Huawei is effectively cut off from Google, how is going to provide navigation on its phones? By finding a non-American partner, of course. TomTom has revealed that it struck a deal with Huawei to provide maps, navigation and traffic data for the Chinese manufacturer's apps. The arrangement had been struck a while back, according to TomTom's Remco Meerstra, but hadn't been revealed until now. The company declined to share more details.

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It's not shocking that Huawei would forge a partnership like this. With the US blacklisting Huawei over alleged security concerns, the Chinese firm had to either find a global navigation partner or else accept that its map software would be limited at best. At the same time, it's still big news. Even if Huawei will still miss out on the Google apps that are often important to success outside of China, it won't have to worry so much about losing vital functionality.

Reuters

Huawei is done with Google for good .
There’s no telling how soon the US ban on Huawei will be lifted, but if you’ve been secretly hoping to buy a Huawei flagship and then get the official Google apps back, don't hold your breath. Huawei doesn’t plan to return to Android with all the popular Google apps present — think Play Store, Search, Google Maps, Gmail, and others. Instead, Huawei will invest heavily in its own platform, which it hopes it can replace Google. Huawei has beenHuawei has been making some great phones over the past few years, rapidly increasing its market share in several key markets around the world in addition to China.

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