The move comes after Huawei had to develop its operating system and services for smartphones, after US President Donald Trump’s administration effectively blacklisted it last year due to national security concerns. This prevented Huawei from using the official Android operating system from Google, along with widely used applications such as Google Maps in new phones.
The deal with (Tom Tom) means that Huawei can now use company maps, traffic information and navigation programs for the Dutch company to develop applications for smartphones.
A spokesman for the Dutch company (Remco Mirstra) said that the deal had been completed for some time, but the company had not announced it. Mirstra did not reveal any details regarding the value of the deal.
It is noteworthy that the company (Tom Tom) – which is moving away from selling devices to focus on providing software services – had sold its IT department to the Japanese company (Bridgestone) to focus on its work related to digital maps.