A few weeks after the US-China trade war began, the US government added Huawei to its Entity List, meaning US companies such as Google have been banned from doing business with Huawei. As such, it also prevents Huawei from accessing certain features and services that they relied upon in the past, one of which is Google Maps.
However, it seems that Huawei has since found an alternative mapping service. According to multiple reports making the rounds, it appears that TomTom has closed a deal with Huawei, which will allow TomTom’s mapping services to be used in Huawei’s smartphones apps going forward.
This means that future apps developed by Huawei, that might require the need for mapping, navigation, or traffic information will be pulled from TomTom’s services, instead of Google Maps. According to TomTom spokesman, Remco Meerstra, this deal was closed a while ago but they recently decided to make it public.
Huawei devices starting with the Mate 30 series are no longer able to use Google Play Services. The company is said to be working on its own lineup of apps and services designed to act as replacements, so we guess as far as mapping and navigation services are concerned, TomTom has them covered.