Google Maps re-gains its Apple Watch app, adds CarPlay Dashboard support

Yolanda Curtis
August 13, 2020

Both of these are welcome updates and will help Google compete with Apple Maps, which has recently been updated to include more features to improve its parity with Google's offering.

"Google Maps helps you find places to go, things to do, and how to get there-no matter what device you're using", Rogers and Lozano-Aguilera said.

Google did previously have a Google Maps presence on Apple Watch but it was removed in 2017. On the other hand, Google Maps on the CarPlay Dashboard will start rolling out this week with the next iOS update.

When Google Maps arrived on Cupertino's wearable in 2015, it featured a pared-down user interface and buttons for easy access to saved locations like "Home" or "Work" (likely the same place these days).

Apple has also announced the first global expansion of its new Look Around feature in Apple Maps.

On their blog Google has announced that they are now integrating Google Maps into Apple CarPlay so that users will be able to navigate through media apps and calendar appointments and more without ever having to leave the Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation.

The tech giant will also enable Google Maps compatibility for Apple's CarPlay Dashboard. You won't get it straight away from today.

Not only Google maps but a lot of other companies withdrew their apps at that time including Amazon.

This app will give you end to end directions, be it walking, cycling, vehicle, or public transportation. From that point forward, Apple has propelled an independent App Store for the Watch. At that time users would have to initiate Watch App downloads from the iPhone.

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