After a long absence, Google Maps is back on the Apple Watch. In the next two weeks, Google says it will start rolling out a new version of Maps for Apple to wear. The app will allow you to get walking, cycling, and driving directions from your current location to your home, workplace, and other destinations that you have previously saved. It will also work with public transport.
You can use Maps on your iPhone to navigate to a location and then continue to receive instructions from your Apple Watch. Also, the wearable device will display your approximate arrival time.
CarPlay Google Maps
This is not to redirect all iOS users to Google. The company is also updating maps to support the split-screen functionality of CarPlay. This will allow you to use media and other applications at the same time that the maps are open. This is something a CarPlay user has been asking Google for some time.
The timing of these updates is timely on Google’s part. Apple Watch saw its best non-holiday quarter in terms of sales, making a new wearable app a no-brainer. Most importantly, Apple Maps has come a long way since Tim Cook had to apologize for the projected launch of the platform in 2012. And while it still has a way, it is a more legitimate competitor to Google Maps than ever – provided you have provided it. Most Apple devices, of course. In addition to the upgrade, the company plans to release with iOS 14, in recent months Apple has expanded the availability of features like Look Around.