Shortly after unveiling its, Huawei seems to be working on a alternative. The Chinese phone maker is developing a mapping service called Map Kit, according to the state-owned China Daily, with plans to unveil it in October.
However, it’s apparently designed to use a tool for software developers to create apps based around its mapping capabilities, rather than for consumer use. It’ll connect to local mapping services, cover 150 countries and regions, and be available in 40 languages, the report said.
Russia’s Google equivalent Yandex and Booking.com parent Booking Holdings are partnering with Huawei on the service, China Daily noted.
Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but the company’s ability tohas been threatened since US President Donald Trump blacklisted it in May. That came as a result of US lawmakers’ concerns about Huawei’s and fears that its equipment could be used for spying. Trump has since said the ban .
First published at 4:11 a.m. PT.
Updated at 4:48 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.