Huawei is reportedly planning to release its Google Maps alternative, but only as a tool for developers.
According to China Daily, the new mapping service called Map Kit is “not directly for consumer use.” It is reported that Map Kill will have real-time traffic conditions, lane change recognition, and augmented reality features.
Android Authority noted that it will even be available in 40 languages and is expected to launch in October.
The service would also be “a substitute for any third-party HarmonyOS apps reliant on mapping data, allowing developers to swap out Google Maps data for the manufacturer’s data.”
The news comes shortly after the China-based company launched its own operating system, HarmonyOS. The OS is currently only being rolled out in China and will be available globally in the future.
The company said it had always toyed with the idea of developing its own OS. It’s possible that the project was expedited after U.S. President Donald Trump banned the company from working with any U.S. companies in May. At that time, Google had pulled its business and indicated that Huawei would no longer get updates.
In June, Trump lifted the ban slightly, allowing Huawei to work with companies so long as it didn’t pose a national security threat.
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