Under the veil of the US imposed ban, Chinese tech giant Huawei has suffered a lot in the last one year, even though one might not really notice that in its revenue for last year. Major US giants stopped business activities with the company, along with US allies refusing to use Huawei equipment in their 5G infrastructure for fear of Chinese surveillance and spying — a charge that Huawei has vehemently denied every time it has come up.
Perhaps, the biggest blow to the company’s smartphone business however came with Google’s announcement that Huawei will no longer be allowed to use Google’s apps and services in its smartphones, including apps like the Play Store, Play Services, and Google Maps — apps that, in other words, form the very basis of what users consider to be an Android phone these days.
Since the ban, Huawei has been working tirelessly to build out its own operating system HarmonyOS which was used in its recently launched smart TVs, while still using Android without Google’s apps and services. The company is trying to replace the Play Store with its own App Store, and Google Play Services with its homegrown Huawei Media Services.
TomTom and Huawei Closes Deal For Maps and Services
With HMS development in the motion, the company has now closed a deal with Dutch company TomTom under which Huawei will be allowed to use TomTom’s maps and services to develop its own apps for Huawei branded smartphones. Huawei’s mapping and navigation apps will therefore use TomTom’s maps to source data.
TomTom spokesperson Reemco Meerstra reportedly said that the deal had been closed some time ago but wasn’t made public. It will be interesting to see how Huawei moves forward with its upcoming smartphones without access to proprietary Google software.