huawei is working on its own mapping service

Huawei officially confirmed that it’s working on a mapping service of its own to reduce its reliance on Google’s services after the US ban. Currently, the company is prohibited from using US technologies without a special approval and as it turns out, Huawei still isn’t able to use Google Maps in its overseas phones.

So here’s where Huawei’s mapping service, called Map Kit, comes into play. It’s not for direct consumer use but instead serves as an API that third-party developers can use to make navigation software.

The Map Kit can gather information from 150 countries and regions across…