Huawei Releases New Features for Its Google Maps Alternative

Huawei is working around the clock on improving the experience with the apps it built as alternatives to Google’s own software, and of course, this makes perfect sense given the company has no other option than to try to survive without the search giant.
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Due to the restrictions imposed by the U.S. government, Huawei is no longer allowed to use software and hardware from American companies, including here the licensed version of Android and Google services.

This means Huawei devices can no longer come with Google apps pre-loaded, so the Chinese tech giant has decided to develop its very own alternatives to provide users with worthy software anyway.

The Google Maps replacement is called Petal Maps, and despite being still in the beta stage, the apps keep getting better and better, as the updates Huawei rolls out typically introduce new functionality for users out there.

The most recent update brings Petal Maps to version 1.10, and according to the official changelog, it includes a bunch of new capabilities, such as an instant overview of conditions for the whole route that you configure in the app. This should make it easier to determine whether you’ll come across heavy traffic jams along your route without even starting driving.

Then, Petal Maps now comes with a commute card to display journey times and traffic conditions, so if you use the app regularly, such information certainly comes in handy.

And if you do rely on Petal Maps for regular navigation, there’s more coming in this update, as Huawei has added support for multiple stops. In other words, you can configure a multi-stop route, just like in Google Maps, so you no longer have to set up a new destination every time you start driving.

The voice navigation has also received a massive update, as Petal Maps now supports no less than 40 languages following this new update.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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