20 March 2020
As the United States government does not look in any mood to lift the ban imposed on Huawei, the latter has started to work on alternatives for Google maps and services. It announced Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) officially in China last month and now, Reuters is reporting that Huawei has signed a deal with TomTom, a Dutch brand known for making maps and navigation devices.
None of the two companies have made an official announcement about the deal yet but the report cites Remco Meerstra, a spokesperson for TomTom, for the information. He told the publication that the deal was completed "some time ago" but did not specify any specific date or timeline. He also refrained from divulging any further details about the agreement.
It is widely speculated that the deal will essentially see Huawei use TomTom maps and navigation services to replace Google Maps on its new devices. This falls in line with TomTom's future plans too as it has decided to switch its focus from releasing hardware devices to providing software services to other brands.
In other words, future Huawei smartphones should come with maps and navigation app powered by TomTom. It will use all the data provided by the Dutch company to help users find places and navigate to their destinations. It is even said to offer real-time traffic updates that will help daily commuters. We will share more details if any of the two companies are ready to make the information public.