15 Aug 2019
Apparently, Huawei is also building an alternative for Google Maps
A new report from China Daily has suggested the company is working on its own navigational service called 'Map Kit' and planning to release it later this year.
Here's everything we know about it.
Map Kit won't be targeted directly at consumers
Though the development of a proprietary mapping service seems to indicate Huawei is going straight against Google, the fact is, the company is taking an indirect approach.
Simply put, Map Kit would come as a developer-focused solution rather than one for consumers, like Google Maps.
Its mapping capabilities would power developers to offer new, interesting navigational features in their products.
What features this service would offer
Going by the China Daily report, Map Kit would offer plenty of capabilities, including sophisticated navigational features, lane-change recognition, augmented reality-based mapping, as well as real-time traffic updates.
The mapping services are likely to be powered by the company's local stations located in 150 countries and regions around the world.
Plus, they would offer support for 40 different languages.
This is Huawei's plan for the US trade ban
Map Kit's development comes as Huawei continues to prepare for the possibility of a permanent US trade ban.
If the ban comes into force, the company won't be able to use Android/Google services on its phones and would have to deploy HarmonyOS.
And, with HarmonyOS, it would need to provide Map Kit so that developers could enable location-based services on their respective apps.
Launch targeted for October this year
Huawei Map Kit could be unveiled officially sometime later this year, possibly around October.
The work on the service, according to China Daily, is progressing and some app developers have already started expressing interest towards it.
This includes Yandex, aka Russia's Google, and Booking Holdings, which is the travel aggregator firm behind platforms like Booking.com and Kayak.