Tuesday, 21 January 2020 11:22

Huawei signs deal with TomTom for use of maps on phones

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Chinese telecommunications equipment provider Huawei Technologies has signed a deal with Dutch navigation and digital mapping firm TomTom to use its maps and services on smartphones.

TomTom spokesman Remco Meerstra told Reuters that the deal had been finalised some time ago.

Huawei, which had been using Google Maps on its Android devices, was locked out from doing so in May last year when the US placed it on a so-called Entity List which prevents it from using technology that has 25% of American content.

The Chinese giant released one smartphone last year, the Mate 30, using the open-source version of Android, without the proprietary Google apps such as Maps and YouTube.

However, Huawei has been reported to have developed its own operating system known as HarmonyOS though the system had not been used on any devices available to the public as yet.

The TomTom deal opens the way for the Chinese firm to use its traffic information, maps and navigation software to build apps for its devices.

Huawei recently released a Linux distribution it has developed based on CentOS which itself is based on the Red Hat Linux Enterprise version.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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