Recently, Huawei officially launched its self-designed navigation software – Petal Maps to users in more than 140 countries and regions. Users of Huawei mobile phones can download and use it in Huawei’s app store. Previously, the software was only allowed to be downloaded in the form of internal test software.
Readers and friends should all remember that the U.S. government passed a sanctions bill against Huawei not long ago, which prevented Huawei from continuing to use hardware and software designed and manufactured by U.S. companies. This also forced Huawei to vigorously develop its own related system and software. A few months ago, Huawei officially released its own “Family Bucket” software, which includes a search engine, office software suite and this map navigation software.
The interface of Petal Maps map software is simple and logical, and the UI design is very refreshing. In terms of experience, it is also similar to the current mainstream map software. Whether it is searching for a location, selecting a navigation path, viewing the surroundings, or displaying real-time traffic conditions, it is really easy to use.
Currently Petal Maps supports navigation voice broadcast in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, etc. Petal Maps also has a new way of map interaction, using the HUAWEI Mate 40 series of air-operated functions in navigation. When the user presses the palm of the hand toward the screen while driving, the navigation route view and the map overview interface can be switched freely. According to Huawei’s previously announced plan, Petal Maps will also log in to the car-machine system in the future, when users can use the targeted optimized Petal Maps navigation software while driving.
It is very necessary to have real independent intellectual property rights in high and new technology. Whether in forced or active research and development, this is not only a reserve of technical strength, which allows users to use better localized products, and even circumvent some security issues . Of course, Huawei’s performance in the overseas market is more worthy of attention. After all, in addition to Google Maps, there are also well-received Waze and tomtom. It is worth looking forward to whether Huawei can get a share of these rivals.