Huawei signed an agreement with TomTom to replace Google Maps in its smartphones, like suggests Reuters. Since the month of May 2019, the Chinese automaker has lost all of its US contracts, preventing it from taking advantage of Google’s services and products. The company was thus forced to find a plan B to replace Android and it is also necessary to replace the other Google apps and in particular its mapping service.
The choice of TomTom is not surprising, the Dutch firm remains a giant in the sector which supplies the maps for the majority of GPS integrated in cars. When Apple chose to abandon Google Maps in 2012 to create its own service, it was also TomTom who provided the data for the first version of the cards. And even if the firm has developed a strategy to create its own data, TomTom remains the foundation of the service in most of the world.
Huawei and TomTom agreement reached a few months ago, reports Reuters, but it’s just been made public. This is a sign that the Chinese manufacturer has been preparing after Google for a long time, as evidenced by the upstream preparation a mobile system capable of replacing Android. Without a service like Google Maps cannot be done without help, however, which explains this agreement.
Huawei smartphone users will be able to benefit from an app with maps all over the world, but also traffic information, since TomTom will also provide this data. As the grade Frandroid, however, the Google Maps app can be installed in a back-up fashion and will work normally, even if you cannot sign in with your Google Account. For basic use, this may still be sufficient.