Huawei Technologies promised to unveil its own mapping service in October, as the Chinese tech giant works to cope with the United States government's ban on using Google Map in smartphones.
Huawei's mapping service, known as Map Kit, is not directly for consumer use, but designed to encourage software developers to come up with applications based on its mapping capabilities. And Huawei Map Kit will be connected to third-party mobile applications and local mapping service providers in about 150 countries and regions, the company said.
Huawei Map Kit will be available in 40 languages. It will offer real-time traffic conditions and a highly sophisticated navigation system which can recognize a car changing lanes, like from a one-lane road to two-lane ones. It will also support augmented-reality mapping, according to Zhang Pingan, president of cloud services at Huawei's consumer business group.
Russian internet heavyweight Yandex and Booking Holdings are among software companies that are partnering with Huawei on the mapping service, China Daily reports, citing a source :familiar with the matter."
The move is crucial to maintaining Huawei smartphones' popularity in overseas countries, given that more than 50 percent of mobile applications are location-based services that rely on mapping capabilities.