Apple’s Maps utility grew to become the dominant navigation choice for Apple gadgets years in the past, however Google apparently isn’t fairly able to cede both the rising wearables market or the automotive enterprise to its chief rival. Today, Google introduced that Google Maps for iOS might be including each an Apple Watch app and assist for CarPlay Dashboard, growing the chance that Apple customers will rethink Google’s potential contribution to their walks and rides.
Google Maps for Apple Watch seems to be a really stripped-down model of the iPhone app, providing customers step-by-step instructions and estimated arrival instances — however just for locations already saved throughout the app or shared from the related iPhone. You can faucet on an inventory of locations you’ve saved to conjure up instructions out of your present location — in any other case, navigation wants to start out on the cellphone. Simple icons, foot/mile distances, and avenue names are indicated when strolling, bike using, or driving. Public transportation assist can be included.
In addition to displaying full-color maps, Apple’s personal Watch app consists of voice recognition, handwriting enter, entry to contact lists, and a wide range of point-of-interest classes to assist customers navigate with out utilizing a cellphone. It’s unclear at this level whether or not Google will actively attempt to add extra performance to its Apple Watch app — the Wear OS model of Google Maps consists of voice enter and map shopping options.
On the CarPlay entrance, the iPhone model of Google Maps is gaining the power to work within the Dashboard mode already supported by Apple Maps, such that the display screen is break up right into a shifting map on the left, turn-by-turn instructions on the higher proper, and music, podcasts, audiobooks, and calendar appointment particulars on the backside proper. CarPlay Dashboard was opened to third-party builders in iOS 13.4, and whereas Google Maps isn’t the primary app to benefit from the function, it and Waze are arguably those most individuals have been ready for. Google has supported CarPlay with a full-screen Maps mode since 2018.
Google Maps’ CarPlay Dashboard assist is accessible now for all CarPlay automobiles, whereas the Apple Watch app “starts rolling out worldwide in the coming weeks.” Both needs to be accessible from the iOS App Store’s Google Maps app.