Today, Google made two announcements about Google Maps for Apple platforms. First, the Google app now works with the dashboard view on CarPlay screens, so drivers can see maps and media controls side by side. Second, the Google Maps app launches on Apple Watch, with directions.
CarPlay’s dashboard was introduced in iOS 13 late last year, but it only supported Apple Maps. Apple began offering other developers the opportunity to take advantage of it in March with the release of iOS 13.4, and today marks the end of Google’s support for the feature. Google’s blog post announcing the update says it should go into effect for all users of CarPlay-supported vehicles today.
The new Google Maps app for Apple Watch is not coming today. Instead, Google promises that the app will be launched worldwide “in the coming weeks.” The app will offer “step-by-step directions” for driving, walking, cycling or public transport.
Google’s announcement specifies that you can get directions to places you have previously stored, such as the places you have designated as your home or workplace. To go somewhere you have not saved before, you need to start the process on your phone, it says in Google’s blog post.
Google Maps previously offered a Watch app that was an extension of the Google Maps iPhone app, but it was withdrawn in 2017 without any explanation given for the move. It was part of a general exodus of great apps from Watch at the time that also included Amazon and others. Since then, Apple has launched a standalone App Store for Watch. Previously, users had to start downloading the Watch app from the iPhone.
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