Huawei is reportedly working on Google Maps alternative with 'sophisticated navigation system'

Huawei is reportedly working on Google Maps alternative with 'sophisticated navigation system'
Apart from an unsurprising new flagship smartphone duo powered by an upgraded in-house processor, Huawei is reportedly planning to unveil a slew of apps and services this fall that should allow the tech giant to reduce its reliance on Google... eventually. One of these homebrewed software products is called Map Kit, according to internal sources "familiar with the matter" quoted by China Daily

As the name suggests, this would essentially be Huawei's answer to Google Maps, but at the same time, it sounds pretty obvious that the Chinese company doesn't expect to efficiently replace the world's most popular web mapping service right away. Instead, the initial goal is apparently to "encourage software developers to come up with applications based on its mapping capabilities."

Said mapping capabilities, however, are not to be disregarded, as Huawei aims to leverage its extensive network of telecommunications equipment to rapidly improve the core of the Map Kit technology with positioning data harvested from over 160 countries and regions. In the long run, the plan is to offer real-time traffic information and develop a "highly sophisticated navigation system" capable of detecting when a car changes lanes, for instance. 

Advanced support for augmented reality mapping is also in the cards, but first and foremost, Huawei will need third-party developers to adopt, implement, and help proliferate its Map Kit. For that to happen, Harmony OS has to get off to a flying start, attracting resources from people and companies believing Android could ever be replaced or at least challenged. 

Interestingly, Huawei already has two big names in its corner supporting the Map Kit initiative. Specifically, Russia-based Google rival Yandex and Booking Holdings, the American company behind popular travel fare aggregators and travel fare metasearch engines Booking.com, Priceline, Agoda, and Cheapflights. 

Of course, Huawei is still very much committed to the Android platform and its long-time Google alliance, but as the controversial US embargo stands, the company is forced to devise alternatives for services like Maps and speed up their development. 

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17 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7602; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh everyone has said they were waiting for Huawei's maps service. Because we needed another map service from a trust worthy company, like Huawei. /s

4. mrochester

Posts: 1039; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

What’s wrong with competition?

5. Galen20K

Posts: 579; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

well stated..... why in the world would i trust Huawei with directing me, i don't trust them with "any" of my personal data they would have to release that information to their Military Government. no thanks, hard pass on that one.

7. TBomb

Posts: 1668; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

It's one thing if your parents are tracking you. It's another when it's the neighbor's parents who you don't really get along with.

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Don't worry. Any service of Huawei is not likely to be released in Usa. It is for other countries. Any American citizen need not to be worried.

12. Youngquenga41

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

So you rather use an inferior Chinese spy, trash ass piece of software?

15. MrMalignance

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

All map apps are spy apps if their government wants it to be, or if they can make money off of it

3. alanrock

Posts: 326; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

if you can't join them , beat them.

6. S4NDY

Posts: 265; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Microsoft in 2014 " if you can't beat them, join them." Huawei in 2019 "if you cant join them, beat them "

13. Youngquenga41

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

Beat who? They can trick you gullible fools into believing that crap but they won't trick sensible folks into using their trash.

8. handsomparis

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

If Huawei can get this all accomplished, I will be really disappointed! in Samsung in regards to Tizen.

11. Papa_Ji

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

https://www.sammobile.com/2017/02/16/google-may-have-thwarted-tizen-development-investigation-underway/ US people, govt. and there companies are....so dirty minded that they don't want any fair competition. They only want full power to spy the world for terrorism push.

14. MrMalignance

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Can you clarify? Your article states that Samsung and Google signed an agreement of their own free will. I fail to see what point you are trying to make. Android is free to build on, but Samsung went out of it's way to sign an agreement with Google.

9. Poptart2828

Posts: 463; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

This service will be for the Asian markets. Does not apply to America

16. Silva5 unregistered

Just don’t take any advice on maps from Apple lol

17. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Looks back at the introduction of Apple Maps. Huawei Maps will be a smooth transition, and won't take years to fine-tune. In all seriousness, this may gain some traction in China and other emerging markets, but will probably never even be used in the US or Europe.

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