Huawei to Abandon Google Maps for TomTom Maps

TomTom Maps

Following months of uncertainties after the US trade ban, Huawei has reached an agreement with Dutch navigation and digital mapping company TomTom to use its maps and services.

After the ban by President Trump over national security, Huawei was blacklisted from using Google’s services such as Play Store, Maps and YouTube on its new devices. Huawei has since built its own app store called Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and provided a $26 million incentive for developers to work on new apps for its own store.

TomTom spokesman Remco Meerstra told Reuters the deal had been concluded some time ago but the company decided to make it public only now. No further information was revealed by Meerstra.

It is not clear yet when Huawei will debut the TomTom navigational services on its devices, but the company wouldn’t be the first to partner with the Dutch company who has sold its telematics division to Japan’s Bridgestone in order to focus its digital map services. When Apple began its Maps services, the Cupertino-based company also partnered with TomTom to create its own data and navigation system.

Huawei is gradually moving away from Google after developing its own OS and now a new Maps services.

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