Google Maps to Offer Turn-by-Turn Directions in iPhone's Dynamic Island

Google today announced that its Maps app will support Live Activities in the coming months, providing iPhone users with access to turn-by-turn directions on the Lock Screen and in the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

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Live Activities integration will allow users to receive real-time ETAs and directions for driving, biking, walking, public transit, and other forms of navigation via Google Maps, without having to unlock their iPhone and open the app.

Introduced with iOS 16, Live Activities are essentially live notifications on the Lock Screen that make it easier to stay on top of real-time events, such as a sports game or a food delivery order. Live Activities also integrate with the Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro models, providing at-a-glance information at the top of the screen. Users can long press the Dynamic Island to open an expanded view with additional information.

Apple Maps has supported Live Activities since iOS 16 was released, while third-party apps have been able to support the feature since iOS 16.1.

Google has yet to share a screenshot showing what its Live Activity will look like.

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Top Rated Comments

5105973 Avatar
17 months ago
Glad to see this. I like Dynamic Island. Goofy name, but nice feature when it's given something to do.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DTphonehome Avatar
17 months ago
Seems like Dynamic Island has been pretty much ignored since release. Splashy intro, but has gone nowhere. I barely notice it on my 14 pro.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dumastudetto Avatar
17 months ago
I don't allow anything Google anywhere near the camera on my iPhone. So I'll be keeping them off Dynamic Island.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Justin39 Avatar
17 months ago
Nice addition for another good maps app to take advantage of the dynamic island.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Böhme417 Avatar
17 months ago
How about Waze?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
v0lume4 Avatar
17 months ago
This will be great and far better than the janky implementation of using notifications to update the user on upcoming turns while outside the app (not Google’s fault, it’s the only way they were able to do it before).
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)