Google Maps has returned to the Apple Watch App Store after a three year absence. The software helps you stay connected and see essential information while on the go.
To remind, Google had pulled support for Maps on the Apple Watch back in 2017. No reasons were stated for this but the lack of user engagement and limited functionality certainly played a part. At the time the search giant said it would add support back at some point in the future.
Well, it has stayed true to its word. The Maps functionality has been reinstated as detailed on Google’s blog last month.
‘When you’re out and about, smartwatches help you stay connected and see essential information at a glance. With the Google Maps app for the Apple Watch, you can easily navigate by car, bike, public transit or on foot.’
” Quickly get estimated arrival times and step-by-step directions to destinations you’ve saved, like Home or Work, and other shortcuts you’ve designated in the app. For all other destinations, you can start navigating from your phone and pick up where you left off on your watch.”
This is excellent news for those that like to navigate by using online sources. A choice is good as most of us have a personal preference in terms of what we use for this purpose. Not to mention that while Apple Maps is good, in certain cities and regions Google Maps outshines it. Over 220 countries and territories mapped on the service.
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The software provides step-by-step directions, along with estimated travel times. You can start an existing location directly from the watch such as Home or Work, but for new ones users will need to initiate using the phone app.
A list of routes will then be offered for traveling by car, public transport and walking. In addition to this, you’ll finally be able to get cycling directions on your wrist. Even before the functionality arrives to the Apple Watch as part of watchOS 7.
There’s rerouting based on live traffic, incidents, and road closure. This is in addition to offline maps to search and navigate without an internet connection. The directions are clearly displayed in cards on the watch.
Version 5.5.2 of the software is available to download now. You can find Google Maps for Apple Watch on the App Store.
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