In the wake of Huawei being cut off from Google support, the Chinese company is turning to TomTom to replace Google Maps, according to Engadget.
When the Trump administration banned Huawei, it had profound impacts on how the company could do business, especially with U.S. companies. Chipmakers, such as Intel and Broadcom, stopped supplying chips to the company and Google stopped providing Android updates and software that is not open-source.
With its access to Google’s software cut off, Huawei “had to either find a global navigation partner or else accept that its map software would be limited at best,” as Engadget points out. With TomTom being a Dutch company, it isn’t subject to the U.S. ban on Huawei.
The partnership with TomTom will at least ensure Huawei’s customers continue to have a world-class mapping and navigation option in spite of being cut off from Google.