Huawei is reportedly in the midst of developing its own version of Google Maps, after revealing its proprietary Harmony OS…
Just a little over a week ago, Huawei unveiled its own operating system, HarmonyOS, to replace Android on its mobile devices. Now, the Chinese company is reportedly building an alternative to Google Maps, called “Map Kit.”
Huawei Google Maps Replacement Reportedly Under Development
Huawei might reveal Map Kit later this year in October. Most notably, this isn’t a direct rival to Google Maps because it won’t be an end-consumer system. Instead, its a solution for software developers who can build apps built on the technology.
There are other companies involved with the initiative, including Yandex, the popular search engine in Russia.
All of this comes as a result of Google suspending Huawei’s Android license back in May of this year. The search giant took the step after the United States government place Huawei on its Entity List.
Huawei states HarmonyOS can be installed in many different devices, including smartphones, smart speakers, wearables, and vehicle infotainment systems.
Additionally, the Harmony operating system will follow Android’s lead of being an open-source platform. Which means independent developers can built their own stuff off of it.