Google Maps rival rolls out new features in most ambitious update yet

Huawei stormed into the navigation arena last year with its Petal Maps application as an alternative to Google Maps. Now, Petal Maps version 1.0 has arrived bringing with it a bunch of improvements for its users and any prospective Google Maps defectors that might be considering a switch to Huawei’s navigation platform.

While Google Maps is clearly still the best map app currently available with its extensive rolling update cycle, Huawei has been tinkering away in the background to make Petal Maps the best possible version of itself. This, of course, comes after last year’s US ban, stopping Huawei from using software and hardware from American companies, and meaning it had to develop alternative solutions without the ability to pre-load Google apps onto its devices.

Huawei is now on version 1.0 of Petal Maps, with the latest update delivering vast improvements to the app’s overall user-friendliness when planning a trip. The new in-app capabilities offer an instant overview of traffic conditions before you begin your journey, while also providing up-to-date info around traffic jams to help you avoid any congestion issues en-route.

Auto Evolution, which spotted the update, notes Petal Maps now also comes with a commute card to “easily display journey times and traffic conditions,” which should benefit regular users of the app who’ll have useful route information easily to hand. All of these Petal Maps updates echo Google Maps’ own run of recent in-app improvements to the user experience, including the addition of journey toll costs and new tools to track your travel to Maps’ interface.

There’s no doubt that Petal Maps has its work cut out to keep up with the navigation behemoth that is Google Maps, but it does seem to be doing a pretty good job at the moment of keeping pace with any updates that Google drops. Most of the innovative new features Google has recently pushed out to Google Maps appear to have an identical twin or similar mode of functionality available in Huawei’s latest Petal Maps version 1.0. This is good news for Petal Maps’ users and an achievement unto itself for a brand that has been shunned by the US and shut off from Android and Google services alike.

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