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Huawei's Answer to Life According to Google Maps? TomTom – TechCrunch



Loss of access to Google software and services has understandably caused Huawei to loop. The Chinese hardware giant has apparently drawn up an emergency plan to deal with the loss of access to things like Android and the Play Store. However, Google’s offering was an integral part of the device’s software core – just like many of its competitors.

Huawei has just found a pretty big name for rebuilding a competitive software suite. The Dutch map giant TomTom has agreed to grant access to its navigation, map and traffic information. According to Reuters, the two companies signed a contract this week where Huawei uses this information to create their own apps.

TomTom confirmed the deal but declined to offer additional information. The step comes as the mapping company has taken a step back from the hardware offering to monetize its software services. Given Huawei's tremendous presence in the global smartphone market, this is a pretty big deal for TomTom, which previously provided information for AppleMaps. The company has been working on building its own Android competitor behind the scenes, although what we've seen from HarmonyOS has been rather subdued so far. There were also rumors that Huawei was developing its own competitor for Google Maps. It is therefore difficult to say how much Huawei sees this new deal as an emergency solution.


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