Because of the ban imposed by America on Chinese Huawei, the smartphone manufacturer does not have to count on the use of apps produced under the flag of Google. Since this also includes the navigation app Google Maps, Huawei had to look for an alternative. An alternative that was found in the Dutch navigation company TomTom.
TomTom Go is already available for Android systems (since that OS also comes from Google, Huawei must use the open-source version before its own Harmony OS is ready for phones). The collaboration would mean that Huawei and TomTom will work just a little closer together and that the Chinese smartphone manufacturer will be able to make better use of all the tools TomTom has in-house.
TomTom spokesman Remco Meerstra informed Reuters that the deal had been concluded some time ago, but that the announcement was deliberately delayed: extra details about the deal will not be announced either.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way
Without the popular Maps there would be another important aspect missing from Huawei phones, but that is now somewhat limited. For now, the collaboration with TomTom provides most of the functionality that Maps also offers, with at least one major exception: Maps also shows the fastest route from A to B by public transport, TomTom does not.