UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Chinese company Huawei, together with the Russian Internet company Yandex, are working on the creation of a map service, China Daily reports citing sources. It will be called the Map Kit if nothing changes in the next couple of months.
According to the source of the publication, the Map Kit service will not be available directly to consumers: instead, the company will offer its best practices to developers who can create applications that use its capabilities.
The partners of Huawei in the development of the Map Kit will be the Russian Yandex and the American travel site Booking Holdings. The service is planned to be connected to various local cartographic services, as well as translated into 40 languages in 150 countries of the world.
Huawei will be able to use its telecommunications base stations in several countries to complement satellite positioning for its mapping service.
Map Kit will offer a highly developed navigation system that will be able to recognize in real time when the car is being rebuilt between lanes, and also supports AR-mapping.
Huawei mentioned the Map Kit at a developer conference last week. This is one of Huawei’s planned mobile services (HMS). Others include Site Kit, Location Kit, Drive Kit, Scan Kit, and more.
The development of its own mapping platform confirms the plans of the Chinese company to develop and expand the upcoming ecosystem, which in the future will allow it to compete thoroughly with Google. And given the financial capabilities of Huawei and its authority among users, it has every chance not only to deprive the search giant of access to its entire audience, but also to get around it in its influence on the market.
For the same reason, the company is actively developing its own operating system, because in case of abandonment of Android, the company will not be able to use Google services, including Google Maps.
Recall, recently, Huawei officially announced HarmonyOS, an operating system that can replace Android on the devices of the Chinese company and reduce its dependence on Google. According to the company’s representatives, its own OS may be ready for smartphones and laptops by the end of the year in China and by mid-2020 for international markets.
Richard Yu, head of Huawei CBG’s consumer product division, said the operating system comes with open source, just like Android. Richard Yu said earlier that the OS will only be used on smartphones and laptops if Huawei cannot access Google Android or Microsoft Windows operating systems.
At the heart of this operating system, as in the case of Android, is Linux. According to Huawei, HarmonyOS is faster and more efficient than Android, which is achieved by special OS optimization.
The HarmonyOS kernel automatically distributes priority between tasks, which makes the delay in the work of applications and the user interface minimal, the company says. HarmonyOS enables the secure interaction of various types of devices in a common ecosystem. This is achieved using Trusted Execution Environment technology. Using a special tool, developers will be able to ensure compatibility of their applications for devices of various types, adapting them to different usage scenarios.
During the presentation, Huawei paid great attention to security. The new architecture provides separate protection for each module – interface, memory, chip, and so on. The rest of the operating systems use one security system for all modules. Richard Yu emphasized that HarmonyOS can be safely used in the most demanding safety areas, including aerospace.
So far, if we talk about the version of HarmonyOS for smartphones, then probably the company decided to wait for the final resolution of the situation with the sanctions of Trump and Google’s strategy. But Huawei’s top manager claims that HarmonyOS is quick and easy to replace Android. He said that the transition to the new OS will take only one or two days and it is “very convenient.”
For the first time, HarmonyOS will be used in “smart-screen products,” such as televisions, by the end of this year. Over the next three years, the operating system will be implemented in other devices, including wearable gadgets. Huawei said the OS will initially be launched in China with expansion plans worldwide.
As you know, Google services are blocked in China. Huawei will be able to use in the domestic market a modified version of Android, which is devoid of Google applications. This means that lack of access to Google is not a big problem for China. However, if Huawei is deprived of the opportunity to use Android internationally, analysts believe that this could damage the Chinese vendor’s business abroad.
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