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Huawei may challenge Google Map with its own maping tech

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According to Chinese media, Huawei is stepping up its rivalry with Google with plans to launch its own mapping service as soon as October. The government controlled China Daily claimed that the Shenzhen giant has secured support from leading software companies, including and is accelerating its plans "to cope with the U.S. government's ban on using Google Map in its overseas smartphones." via Forbes.

A Huawei exec told China Daily that the mapping service, called Map Kit, will offer developers a street navigation system they can use in their apps as well as a way to show users real-time traffic conditions. The exec also said that Map Kit will support “augmented-reality mapping.” It’s unclear what that means. Perhaps it’s something similar to Google’s recently launched AR walking directions

China Daily reports that Map Kit “will be connected to local mapping services,” and a source told China Daily that Huawei will partner with Yandex, a Russian internet service giant that already provides maps and offers a mapping services API. The director-general of a telecom industry association also told China Dailythat Huawei has “telecom base stations” that can “offer complementing information to satellite positioning data.”

The report says that Map Kit will be unveiled in October, will cover 150 “countries and regions,” and will be available in 40 languages.

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