Google announced a new Google Maps update that revived a feature we all thought got put back to bed in 2017. The latest version of the turn-by-turn navigation app, which is currently slowly rolling out around the world, is bringing that back to life with the Apple Watch allowing you to follow your wrist instructions.
Google Maps turned its back on the Apple smartwatch in 2017. The California search firm hasn’t made a big decision right now – in fact, they didn’t even mention the removal of Apple Watch support in the release notes for the update that deleted the feature. In a statement released after Apple Watch owners complained about the removal, Google stated, “We have removed Apple Watch support from our latest version of iOS, but we expect to return it in the future will support. “
And now Google has finally kept its promise.
Three years later, the latest version of the iOS app allows you to track routes from your Apple Watch. Unfortunately, there is no way to search for new directions from your wrist. You need to first select the route you want to take in the iPhone app and then transfer the turn-by-turn instructions to your Apple Watch. However, Google is providing an updated ETA on the Apple Watch screen so you can find out at a glance how long it will take to get to your destination.
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Google Maps on Apple Watch has shortcuts to saved destinations like work and home that currently have the exact same address for most users. Tapping these shortcuts gives you the most direct route to your Apple Watch without having to pull out your smartphone. This is useful when you get caught in a rain shower and want to quickly find out which bus, train, or road to take to get home as soon as possible.
Multiple travel modes are supported on Apple Watch, including driving, public transit, cycling, or walking directions. That makes this version a pretty solid competitor to the Apple Maps app, which comes pre-installed on all Apple Watch models. Unlike Google Maps, this watch app can display a map to put the directions in context. You can also search for a new destination by voice, scribble letter by letter on the Diddy touchscreen, or find a location associated with a contact stored on your iPhone. So you can use Apple Maps without ever pulling your iPhone out of your pocket.