Google Maps Debuts New Apple Watch App and CarPlay Features

Google today announced the launch of several features for Google Maps on Apple products, including new CarPlay functionality and a new Google Maps app that works on Apple Watch.

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The new Google Maps app for Apple Watch works similarly to the iOS app, allowing Apple Watch owners to get directions for a car, bike, public transit, or on foot.

The app supports estimated arrival times and step-by-step directions on Apple Watch when using saved destinations like Work or Home. Other destinations require navigation to start on iPhone, with the directions then picked up by Apple Watch.

For ‌CarPlay‌, there's ‌CarPlay‌ Dashboard integration for switching or pausing songs from a media app, rewinding or fast forwarding podcasts or audiobooks, or quickly checking calendar appointments all while turn-by-turn directions remain on the ‌CarPlay‌ display. All info is displayed in a split screen view.

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Google Maps works with ‌CarPlay‌ Dashboard on all ‌CarPlay‌ supported vehicles around the world. The Google Maps app for Apple Watch will be rolling out in the coming weeks.

Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

page3 Avatar
13 months ago
Apple Maps is great and my daily driver.

However POIs in the UK are still really poor, which is when I switch to Google Maps. As an example, navigating to Quarr Abbey (a monastery on the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of England) Apple Maps wants to take me to a pizza place in San Francisco. Now I’m sure the restaurant is very nice, just the logistics don’t quite work for me.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kylo83 Avatar
13 months ago
Waze needs to update carlay
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving Avatar
13 months ago
This is good stuff! Good job Google! Keep up the good work.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
evan-macrumors Avatar
13 months ago
Waze! Where are you?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sethal Avatar
13 months ago
Good, bring on the competition. It can only help Apple Maps continue to improve because of it.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spinedoc77 Avatar
13 months ago
For god's sake Google, just merge Waze into Google Maps so I don't have to decide between the 2. Crowd sourced goodness with horrible routing or awesome routing with very little crowd sourcing are my choices right now.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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