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Huawei's Google Maps alternative is TomTom

Mashable 20 Jan 2020 08:20
Huawei will now be able to use TomTom maps and navigation in its apps and services.
Huawei will now be able to use TomTom maps and navigation in its apps and services.
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Cut off from Google services due to a U.S. trade ban, Huawei is slowly building an ecosystem of apps and services to replace them. The latest, and one of the most important on this list is TomTom, which will serve as a replacement for Google Maps. 

According to Reuters, Dutch navigation and digital mapping company TomTom struck a deal with Huawei, allowing the Chinese giant to use its maps and services in its apps. 

The deal was actually closed "some time ago," TomTom spokesman Remco Meerstra told Reuters, but has not been disclosed to the public until now. 

Google Maps is an incredibly important part of Google's ecosystem of mobile apps and services. It comes preloaded on Android phones and provides detailed maps of nearly every corner of the world, as well as turn-by-turn navigation. TomTom is a veteran in the space, having produced turn-by-turn navigation software since the late nineties. 

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