It isn't exactly a Google Map alternative but a framework that will allow developers to build map apps.
In a bid to challenge Google Maps, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei is reportedly planning to unveil its own mapping service known as Map Kit. The report says that the new service is in works but it is "not directly for consumer use". Instead, the idea is to give developers tools to build new applications based on its mapping capabilities. It is expected that the service will be available in 40 languages and Huawei could launch it in October this year.
Huawei has purportedly already gotten Yandex - commonly referred to as the "Russian Google" - and Booking.com parent Booking Holdings on board for Map Kit.
Huawei's slow untethering of itself from a reliance on Google, and specifically on Google's Android mobile operating system, is sort of underway now - "sort of" being the key phrase since it's still not clear if Huawei will stay cut off from Google indefinitely. Zhang Pingan, president of cloud services at Huawei's consumer business group, told China Daily that among the features map kit will offer are real-time traffic conditions and "a highly sophisticated navigation system" that can spot a auto changing lanes, as well as support for augmented reality mapping.
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Back in May, Google banned Huawei from using its Android OS, after the Chinese manufacturer ended up on the United States entity list.
Huawei's "Map Kit" service is only now open to developers for building software applications using its platform.
Over 50% of apps are location-based that rely on mapping capabilities - this is according to Zhang Pingan, president of cloud services at Huawei's consumer business group.