Google Maps is back on the Apple Watch after three years
Last month, Google announced that its Google Maps platform is coming back to Apple Watch. With the latest update of the app — version 5.52 — Apple Watch users will be able to get access to Google Maps, claims a report by 9to5Google.
As soon as you update the app on your iPhone, you will find the Google Maps app in the ‘Installed on Apple Watch’ section. For those unaware, this was rolled out in 2017, however, it was removed without citing any reasons. Now, the support has been rolled out again and users will be able to use the Google Maps app on Apple Watch to navigate by car, bike, public transit or on foot.
The report suggests that the Google Maps app focuses on giving a step-by-step direction along with estimated arrival times. The main screen shows users “Current trip” and a list of saved shortcuts/destinations with “Travel times” below that.
The Apple Watch doesn’t allow users to add a new location as users have to use their iPhone to do that.
Once a user selects his/her location, then “directions are displayed in cards with big icons for turning and to identify the current mode of transportation,” said the report.
Last month, it was reported that the internet search giant is working on a new colour-mapping algorithm to make locations look better. This update will make it easier for you “distinguish tan, arid beaches and deserts from blue lakes, rivers, oceans and ravines,” said Google in an official blog post.
As per Google, this update will make it “easier to understand what an area looks like whether you’re exploring virtually or planning a visit.”