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MapKit: Huawei’s alternate to Google Maps

Huawei to launch an alternate to Google Maps for Android OS for its phones called MapKit. It is expected to launch by this October
as per the reports from a Chinese state-owned news site .

The Shenzhen-based company Huawei (and Honor) users will have to have an alternate app of its own to navigate easier since Huawei users might not be able to use Google-developed OS if it is banned.

Google has banned Huawei from using its Android OS in last May.Since then Huawei is looking for alternatives for its Google services. The MapKit app will be running on its own OS called HarmonyOS.

The HarmonyOS will support HTML5, Linux and also Android-based applications. MapKit app is not intended for consumers rather it is designed for software developers or back-end developers for developing applications based on the app’s mapping capabilities.

The report says the app will cover 150 countries and regions and will be available in 40 languages. The App will support augmented reality (AR) mapping along with a highly sophisticated navigation system.

The application will also be offering real-time traffic situations.
Huawei’s app will allow the developers to port the same application to multiple devices likesmart phone, smart
watch, TV, PC’s etc.

Huawei has partenered with Yandex –Russian Google equivalent Company and booking site, Booking.com for its upcoming mapping service as of now.

Huawei being one of the most selling phones in China will find difficulty in finding a place for this Google alternative in European markets.

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