Huawei has a message for the United States: It can dwell with out Google Maps. The Chinese smartphone large has reached a take care of the Dutch location expertise supplier TomTom that may enable it to use the corporate’s maps, site visitors data and navigation software program to develop its personal cell apps.
The deal, which was reported by Reuters, is important for Huawei as a result of it implies that the corporate is taking extra steps to reduce the consequences of a U.S. commerce ban. Last yr, the U.S. positioned Huawei a authorities blacklist, referred to as the “Entity List,” which prevents U.S. firms from doing enterprise with Huawei and not using a particular license, citing nationwide safety issues.
As a outcome, Google suspended Huawei’s entry to its Android working system, as properly as to Google’s proprietary apps and providers, together with Google Maps. Huawei depends on U.S. software program and elements for its smartphones.
Although the U.S. ban isn’t an enormous deal for Huawei in China as a result of Google’s providers are blocked there anyway, it will be important on the worldwide stage, the place a lot of its prospects depend on Google’s apps.
Whether Huawei will stay on the U.S. Entity List sooner or later is unclear. Huawei was not part of the primary section of the U.S.-China commerce deal signed a couple of days in the past. In reality, simply earlier than each nations signed the deal, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mentioned that he didn’t “view Huawei as a chess piece” and that the corporate was a part of the nationwide safety dialogue, not the financial dialogue, which meant that the difficulty was going to be negotiated individually.
Additionally, senior U.S. officers not too long ago discouraged British ministers from utilizing Huawei’s expertise in its 5G networks, arguing that the transfer would put transatlantic intelligence sharing in danger. Nonetheless, The Guardian studies that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is probably going to ignore U.S. recommendation and approve using Huawei expertise within the nation’s 5G networks.
The new TomTom deal isn’t the one indication that Huawei is actively engaged on how to take care of the U.S. ban. After the U.S. introduced that the corporate was blacklisted, Huawei revealed its personal working system and different to Android, HarmonyOS. Huawei’s working system, which the corporate plans to regularly roll out over the following few years, is designed to work throughout a wide range of gadgets, together with TVs, smartphones, tablets and IoT devices.
Huawei additionally has its personal model of the Google Play Store, referred to as App Gallery, which can be utilized to obtain apps on the corporate’s telephones. At its first Huawei Developer Conference within the UK and Ireland, Huawei introduced a £20 million (about $25.9 million) funding plan aimed to encourage builders in these nations to create apps for App Gallery.
All in all, Huawei isn’t simply sitting round hoping that the U.S. adjustments its thoughts, though that might most likely make issues rather a lot simpler. It’s slowly gathering and creating the weather it wants for a potential future with out Google providers and Android.