As some of you know, Huawei is currently on the US government’s Entity List. As such, US companies such as Google have been banned from doing business with Huawei. It also prevents Huawei from accessing certain features and services that they relied on in the past, one of which is Google Maps.
However, it seems that Huawei has since found an alternative mapping service. In a report from Reuters, Dutch company TomTom has since announced that they have recently closed a deal with Huawei in which TomTom’s mapping services will be used in Huawei’s smartphone apps moving forwards.
This means that future apps developed by Huawei that might require the need for mapping, navigation, or traffic information will be pulled from TomTom’s own services, instead of Google Maps. According to TomTom spokesman Remco Meerstra, this deal was apparently closed a while ago but it is only recently that they decided to make it public.
Huawei devices starting with the Mate 30 series are no longer able to use Google Play Services. The company is said to be working on its own lineup of apps and services designed to act as replacements, so we guess as far as mapping and navigation services are concerned, TomTom has them covered.