Google Maps is getting some huge updates for Apple devices in the form of CarPlay Dashboard and Apple Watch support.
Google’s mapping app is one of the most popular GPS services on iOS, and having it gain support for these key parts of the Apple ecosystem will make it even more useful.
How Google Maps Works on CarPlay Dashboard
Google announced the first big change to Google Maps on The Keyword. The company revealed the addition of CarPlay Dashboard support. While Google Maps has worked with Apple CarPlay since launch, when Apple added its Dashboard feature with iOS 13, only Apple Maps displayed directions on that screen.
Now in Apple CarPlay Dashboard view, you can use Google Maps more safely while on the go. Easily access your music, calendar, and more without missing a turn ? https://t.co/67mMIR5sBT pic.twitter.com/L30BS2ymor
— Google Maps (@googlemaps) August 10, 2020
With Google Maps now supported, you can view your directions while also having access to other key CarPlay functions. If you need to skip a song, check a calendar event, or do anything else that works with the Dashboard, you’ll be able to get it done without losing your directions.
If you’re a CarPlay user who relies on Google Maps, this will make getting around a lot more pleasant. CarPlay Dashboard is one of the biggest changes to come to CarPlay since its inception, and it’s great to see a major third-party mapping app work with it. Hopefully, we’ll see other apps like Waze jump into the mix soon as well.
Google Maps Returns to the Apple Watch
If you find yourself walking in unknown places a lot, having directions on your Apple Watch will be useful. Google is rolling out an app that works with Apple Watch so that you can see turn-by-turn directions right on your wrist.
The app isn’t without limitations, though. You can use it to navigate to saved locations, such as home or work. You can also designate other shortcuts within the app. For anywhere else you need to go, you need to start navigating on your phone first before getting the step-by-step directions on your wrist.
Google Maps CarPlay Dashboard and Watch App Availability
Unfortunately, the Apple Watch app isn’t available just yet. Google says that it’ll be rolling out in the coming weeks, so you’ll have to wait just a little longer to get directions on your wrists.
However, you can try Google Maps on CarPlay Dashboard right now. You just need to connect your phone to your CarPlay-support vehicle and you’ll be good to go.
If you’re in love with Apple CarPlay, be sure to check out the best CarPlay apps for iPhone you can use right now.
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