googlemapsGoogle is adding its Google Assistant feature to the Google Maps apps for iOS and Android, Google announced today.

The feature will be available on iPhones starting this afternoon, with Google planning to enable Assistant for Google Maps via an update that's rolling out "shortly."

On iOS and Android devices, Google Assistant will allow Google Maps users to control their navigation, reply to texts, and control music. On Android, it is also able to send messages through various messaging apps, a feature not available on iOS.

It can also do things like calculate your ETA so you can let friends and family know when you're set to arrive.

Google Assistant is already available on iOS devices through the dedicated Google Assistant app, but adding it into Maps makes it more readily accessible for the millions of people who already use the Google Maps app.

Top Rated Comments

timborama Avatar
67 months ago
Google, I just want a map app, not all the extra ********!
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dazz87 Avatar
67 months ago
Anytime theres news on Google on this forum there seems to be alot off pissed off people............
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ralfi Avatar
67 months ago
Just keeps getting better.

Making Google Assistant my default Voice Assistant in IOS will be the next step.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gudi Avatar
67 months ago
There’s only one useful Google app for me.


Google Translate
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kmichalec Avatar
67 months ago
Does it integrate into CarPlay as a result, since Google Maps is now in CarPlay?
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Futurix Avatar
67 months ago
Oh yay, more opportunities for Google to spy on me...

That said, recently I tried Apple Maps for the first time in years and it was pretty good. So I swapped app icons of Google Maps and Apple Maps so that my typical tap to open maps goes to Apple - and so far, it's good; no complaints.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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