Google Maps Still Working On Long-Overdue Live Activities Support

Google Maps continues to work on integrating Live Activities support for iPhones, according to new assets unearthed by MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris in the latest version of the app.

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Evidence that the feature was in development first appeared in August, but further work on it had appeared to have come to a standstill until now, suggesting it could become functional soon.

The Google Maps team announced in February 2023 that it would roll out Live Activities support "in the coming months," so support is now long overdue based on the company's own internal roadmap.

When support rolls out, Google Maps users will be able to view turn-by-turn directions and their ETA in a single live-updating iPhone Lock Screen notification, as well as in the Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 series models.

Apple opened up its Live Activities API to third-party ‌iPhone‌ apps with the release of iOS 16.1, and many developers have since made good use of the feature.

Top Rated Comments

brofkand Avatar
6 weeks ago
If they wait long enough, Apple will abandon the Dynamic Island (aka the bigger notch) like they did 3D Touch. Google is simply thinking ahead.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
darngooddesign Avatar
6 weeks ago

By the time they release it, Apple will have removed the floating Notch. We've already seen what appear to be forthcoming plans to reduce and remove the notch. Then we can finally say goodbye to this annoying black hole.
Live Activities do not require the Dynamic Island, they are also on the Lock Screen. My iPhone XR has them.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rgwebb Avatar
6 weeks ago
Apple Maps is as good or better now. Google needs to realize slow rolling iOS development doesn’t work anymore. They need to dedicate more effort toward the product.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
darngooddesign Avatar
6 weeks ago

If they wait long enough, Apple will abandon the Dynamic Island (aka the bigger notch) like they did 3D Touch. Google is simply thinking ahead.
Live Activities are also on the lock screen even on iPhones with a notch.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ZacNicholson Avatar
6 weeks ago
Apple has developed a lot of cool features, but sadly 3rd party devs don't implement many of them.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kevinpdoyle Avatar
6 weeks ago
Google remains an underwhelming member of the iOS app community.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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