Google Maps Comes To Apple Watch
At Google’s press occasion as we speak, the corporate introduced quite a few new merchandise and updates, together with two new Nexus smartphones, two Chromecast units, a brand new Android pill and extra, however one factor it stored beneath wraps was information of a notable new software arriving on the iOS platform: Google Maps now works on Apple Watch.
Via an replace to the Google Maps iOS app on the iTunes App Retailer, Google has quietly rolled out an Apple Watch model of its fashionable (and, even amongst Apple followers, typically most popular) mapping software.
The brand new Watch app gives an easier model of Google Maps in comparison with what’s out there on smartphones, because it’s designed to work extra as a companion app to the richer, extra function-wealthy smartphone counterpart.
On the Watch app, you can faucet buttons to shortly get routes to saved places, like “House” or “Work,” for instance. As well as, whenever you pull up instructions in your iPhone, these are instantly synced over to Apple Watch in order that they’re accessible once you launch the app in your smartwatch.
The app helps all of the modes of transportation you possibly can view in your telephone, together with driving instructions, strolling, biking, and transit.
And the app will retailer an inventory of your most up-to-date routes which you’ll be able to faucet on from beneath the “House” and “Work” buttons. That is the one function you should use with out having to tug out your telephone.
This can be a notable launch, not solely as a result of it brings Google’s detailed and correct mapping useful resource to Apple Watch wearers, but in addition as a result of it’s Google’s solely second-ever app designed for the competing smartwatch platform.
The primary, “Google Information & Climate,” was a reasonably naked-bones software that felt extra like Google was experimenting with constructing for Apple Watch and its associated function units relatively than an actual try at creating one thing helpful for Apple Watch house owners.
With the launch of Google Maps for Apple Watch, nevertheless, the indication is that Google is now taking Apple’s platform extra critically. That would additionally imply that we may even see different Google apps sooner or later coming to Apple Watch, together with (hopefully) prime apps like Gmail or Hangouts, for instance.
The up to date model of Google Maps for iOS is reside right here on iTunes.