After several years of absence, Google Maps is now available again on the Apple Watch . Find out how to use the app on your Apple smartwatch.
With its status as the most used connected watch in the world, the Apple Watch is widely attracting application developers. Unfortunately, it no longer supports Google Maps since 2017. And for good reason, the Mountain View firm had ended support for the wearable that year. Although the real reason for this abandonment has never been revealed to the public, it seems that Google has done so due to the limited capabilities of the app on the watch compared to the iPhone app. Regardless, the firm had promised that Maps would return to the Apple Watch at some point. It is now done!
As Phone Arena claims , the mapping app is once again available to owners of the Apple smartwatch.
An application that depends on the iPhone
Thanks to the last update of Google Maps, it is now possible to be assigned a route and an estimated time of arrival on the Apple Watch. The functionality has its limits, however, because instead of allowing data to be entered directly on the connected watch, the application needs the iPhone. Indeed, it is on the latter that the user will enter the details of his trip. The information will then be transmitted to the smartwatch.
With this "new start" on the connected watch of the Cupertino company, Google Maps promises to give those who wish to go from one place to another the possibility of receiving instructions as they progress. in their displacement. Whether walking on foot or in a vehicle, the application will provide information on the routes to follow. As mentioned above, this version of Google Maps for the Apple Watch also displays the estimated time of arrival.
A minimalist interface
Unlike the interface of the smartphone version of the application, that of the Apple Watch is less loaded. However, in order to better guide the user, the main screen shows the current trip. The icons allow you to know when to make a turn as well as the time remaining before reaching the destination. The service is also able to identify the mode of transport used.
To install this new version of Google Maps on your Apple Watch, go to this page of the App Store .