January 18 (Xinhua) — Dutch navigation and digital mapping company TomTom confirmed friday that it has reached an agreement with Huawei to use its maps and services in Huawei’s smartphone app,media reported. In 2019, Huawei was placed on the so-called “entity list” by the United States, banning the use of Google’s official Android operating system and apps such as Google Maps on new phones.
To that end, Huawei began building its own smartphone operating system.
The partnership with TomTom means that Huawei can now use the Dutch company’s mapping, traffic information and navigation software to develop apps for its smartphones.
A TomTom spokesman said the deal had been completed some time ago, but the two sides chose not to disclose it. The spokesman declined to provide further details on the agreement.
TomTom, which is moving from selling equipment to providing software services, last year sold its telematics division to Bridsterone in Japan to focus on digital mapping-related businesses.