Huawei misplaced entry to Google Play Companies with the US trade ban that was instituted final yr, and that has some penalties that you simply most likely don’t take into consideration at first. Clearly lacking the Play Store is the largest drawback, however it additionally impacts different capabilities of a smartphone. Gmail assist is worse with out the native app, YouTube will get restricted because it’ll solely be obtainable by way of a browser, however, most notably, navigation will get damaged with out Google Maps.
Huawei thinks they’ve an answer for Google Maps, nevertheless. The corporate has introduced a partnership with TomTom for mapping knowledge to exchange Google.
Now don’t anticipate TomTom to have the ability to match Google Maps completely, otherwise you’ll set your self up for a mini-Apple Maps 2.zero fiasco. However between TomTom and simply not doing something to attempt to get higher map knowledge, this transfer makes excellent sense. And with TomTom being a Dutch firm, this commerce ban received’t trigger any extra waves with this partnership.
Huawei has declined to present any extra particulars in regards to the deal, however it’s apparently been within the works for a while. It ought to not less than preserve their telephones purposeful outdoors of China, even when they’re not excellent. It’ll purchase them a while to attempt to get this commerce ban state of affairs discovered, too.