Google today announced two big features for its mapping service on Apple’s platform. After removing it in 2017, Google Maps is bringing back its Apple Watch app and new features making its way to several Apple products, including CarPlay.
The Maps app in Apple Watch will resemble the iOS app and give directions while moving in a bike, bus, train, car, or when you’re simply out for a walk. The app will also provide estimated arrival times, step-by-step directions when using saved destinations. The destination once started on your iPhone can be continued in your Apple Watch.
“Quickly get estimated arrival times and step-by-step directions to destinations you’ve saved, like Home or Work, and other shortcuts you’ve designated in the app. For all other destinations, you can start navigating from your phone and pick up where you left off on your watch.“Google
The Carplay interface in iOS 13.4 allowed third-party navigation apps to appear in this split-screen view, and now Google Maps have gained support. Earlier Google Maps would need to be used separately and without the added information that the Dashboard provides. Now it allows users to browse through podcasts, audiobooks, calendar appointments while keeping turn-by-turn directions on the CarPlay display.
The Carplay interface change is rolling out starting Monday and the Apple Watch app will be rolling out wordwide in the coming weeks.