Last year, Huawei revealed its self-developed navigation and maps service provider application, Petal Maps as an alternative to Google Maps. Users can download this app from AppGallery but its availability is based on regions and markets.
Petal Maps features map browsing, map searching, navigation, and air gestures. Also, it not only lets you get your current location, browse the map, search for places, and add your favorites, but displays real-time traffic conditions, events, and more.
Now, Huawei has started sending a new major software update for Petal Maps. This update offers new features to enhance the user experience with the latest changes.
What’s new in this update:
- Provides real-time bus information to help you stay on schedule.
- Adds bus, walking, and cycling route options for route planning.
- Allows you to share places.
- Gives rest area reminders during navigation.
- Shows extra information when you finish navigating, including your maximum speed and overall duration
- Adds support for navigation in Japanese, Russian, and Thai.
The public transit navigation is online in Australia, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Finland, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and others. While, the cycling route planning mode will be available in Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, and Sweden.
People who unaware, the Petal Maps application was launched globally with Huawei Mate 40 series smartphones. It supports multiple languages, with voice notifications in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Mandarin in over 140 countries.
The features mentioned above may vary in different markets and available to download via the AppGallery with version 22.214.171.1240 (001). To be noted, these improvements are still rolling out under the beta channel and a stable version is on its way to the consumers.
Huawei AI computing center solution won Global Smart Expo Gold Award
On 16th September, Huawei AI computing center solution won the Global AI Product Application Expo Product Gold Award. This product is selected for its excellent artificial intelligence computing capabilities and industry ability.
Huawei’s AI computing center mainly focused on urban infrastructure AI computing. It offers scientific research, digital economy, atlas series hardware, CANN computing architecture, and AI framework MindSpore. Besides, it works on the combined capabilities of MindX and ModelArts.
Huawei AI Computing Center Solution:
Huawei has built IRS public computing power service platform in Yanta District. It has strengthened the AI ecological innovation and sprouting new industries simultaneously. This single-center mainly works on four platforms that include-
- Application Innovation Incubation Platform
- Industry Aggregation Development Platform
- Scientific Research Innovation Platform
- Talent Training Platform
Furthermore, the company’s AI computing center is actively deploying in more than 20 cities in Mainland. In particular, the Wuhan center has been associated with over 40 businesses, 4 academies, and various research organizations. Plus, its main projects include-
- Xi’an Future Artificial Intelligence Computing Center
- Northwestern Polytechnical University’s Voice Model Project
- MindSpore Research Office
About AI and Big Data Expo:
The AI and Big Data Expo are one of the biggest artificial intelligence and big data-based conferences and displays. Each year, it elected high-tech solutions and technologies across the world. It provides a single platform for brands, market leaders, AI & Big Data evangelists, and start-ups to jointly explore and discuss the leading technologies.
Huawei and China Power Collaboration: Promote green, low-carbon and, energy industry
Huawei and China Power signed a strategic collaboration agreement to jointly work on the green, low-carbon, and energy industries. Both parties are determined to implement four revolutions under one cooperation.
This corporation will be a contribution from both companies in establishing low-carbon cities. Chairmen and directors of Huawei Digital Technology and China Electricity Board signed this in-depth. The authorities include
- He Xun, Chief Engineer, and Board Chairman State Power Investment New Energy
- Hou Jinlong, Huawei Senior VP, and President of Huawei Digital Energy Technology
- Fu Jinsong, Deputy Secretary, Vice President, and Acting Chairman of the Labor Union of China Electric Power
- Xing Qing, Vice President of Huawei Digital Energy Technology
Huawei and China Power Collaboration Contract:
Under this cooperation, both firms will share their respective resources, advanced technologies, and benefits. It further instructs to respect the decisions of both authorities, fair implementation of technologies, and equal rights.
Huawei and China Power will jointly work to derive new energy storage technology solutions, application cooperation, and intelligence. Additionally, the collaboration area includes
- Photovoltaic solution application cooperation
- Comprehensive smart energy application cooperation
- County-wide promotion of distributed rooftop photovoltaic cooperation
- International business cooperation and other multi-platform strategic cooperation models
- Accelerate transformation and development
- promote energy revolution
China Power’s Strategic Development:
China power has shown new developments in its power storage, green power supply, distributed energy, green power trading, province development, geothermal energy, and other new routes.
Furthermore, it also has advanced funding, well-structured management, and trained employees to help in building a large platform for green and low-carbon transformation and development.
Huawei Digital Energy’s Resource:
Where China Power has a well-structured and hardware resource, Huawei Digital Energy offers integrating digital technology and power electronics technology. It also provides smart energy services mainly concerning users’ requirements.
The two parties are looking forward to working with each other and shard the benefits of their expertise. Moreover, they will jointly resolve the challenges in the development of new productions, economic development, and realizes low-carbon cities.
Huawei smartphone market loss became iPhone 13’s blessing
Huawei has to give its dominance over the global and Chinese smartphone market due to the sanctions. However, the phone market loss of Huawei has become a major blessing for recently launched Apple’s iPhone 13.
In the past two years, Huawei has been continuously disturbed by U.S. sanctions. The Chinese tech giant has been accused under a narrative and later it was cut with supplies of essential parts as well as services to build new products such as smartphones.
Huawei’s smartphone market loss:
In May 2019, Huawei has been placed under the U.S. entity list, a program specially designed to restrict Huawei from purchasing required components such as mobile and network equipment chipsets. Since then, Huawei has been hit by 4 rounds of sanctions that impact the company in a very devastating way.
Coming to the results, Huawei is unable to print new Kirin chipset design, had to sell its subsidiary – Honor, and it’s now out of the top smartphone maker and the recently in the absence of 5G chipset, the Chinese tech maker is selling “flagship” phones with 4G connectivity.
The damage is surely there but the company is finding its way to rise up again. However, “once a giant smartphone maker” has left a big opening of opportunity of its competitor in the market, even on the home ground.
The same goes for the premium segment, the Chinese consumers are looking for a new substitute for their premium smartphone choice and what could be better than the new iPhone 13.
Blessing for iPhone 13:
According to a report coming from SCMP, Apple has made strong pre-orders of the iPhone 13 lineup on the Chinese e-commerce platform – JD.com. As of Thursday, the American phone maker has registered over 2 million pre-orders, which surpasses 1.5 million pre-orders of last year’s iPhone 12 lineup on the same platform on the same timeline.
According to the report, the record iPhone 13 pre-order credit goes to the decline of Huawei’s phone market. On the other hand, consumers made an easy choice between Huawei phones and Apple’s in order to get better tech such as 5G.
Huawei has recently launched P50 Pro that comes with a monstrous camera setup and picture quality that surpasses all phones. Despite its premium design and lots of new features, analysts believe it lacks key selling points such as the 5G network.
“There isn’t a smartphone [in the market] which can be a threat to the iPhone 13 above the 5,000 yuan (US$776) price range,” said Qi Counterpoint Research senior analyst Ethan Qi “There isn’t a product that is as strong as the old Huawei Mate series.”
As a matter of fact, Apple isn’t the only one enjoying this market growth. Other Chinese phone makers are also taking their fair share of share left behind by Huawei.