But app developers are learning that the wrist is not the best place for many, many services. However, the disappearances raise more questions than they answer. Nevertheless, Google has to do a little bit more in order to win the same amount of fans when it comes to the Apple Watch. The directions are fast, accurate and easy to follow. You can also quickly set a navigation point on your iPhone and get directions and guidance from your Apple Watch. Do note, that you can log-in with multiple accounts and easily switch between them when needed.
You can also quickly tap to get directions to recent places you've navigated to in Google Maps. A force press on the screen lets you swap between driving, walking, and transit directions. A handful of apps are no longer supported on the Apple Watch, according to a report by. And does the Watch version of Google Maps have a reason for being when it can't integrate as tightly as Apple Maps? I have not personally tried these out but they seem to get good reviews. .
If few people see a need for an app on their wrist, it won't matter how successful the Apple Watch is -- the effort won't be worth the reward. And, of course, if you kick off a route on your phone, it'll appear on your Watch as you navigate to your destination and notify you of upcoming turns. The update included a much-needed that included accurate transit directions and schedules. If you're someone who opens Google Maps on your iPhone every day, you'll be glad to hear that getting directions on Apple Watch no longer requires using Apple's own app. Have you noticed a few apps disappearing from your? In addition to the Apple Watch support, the smartphone apps also receive a few upgrades. The app shows a blue directional arrow that shows which way to turn while offering guidance to the next turn, in English.
Image: Mashable screenshot A dividing line has always separated Google Maps users from Apple Maps users. But overall, the big appeal of this update is definitely for Apple Watch owners. Compared to the , it comes with some important limitations, which include the absence of graphic maps, the possibility to search for a new directions and much more. And obviously the utility of glanceable directions from Google Maps —a service many believe is better than Apple Maps —on the watch is apparent. Specifically, and previously fielded titles for Apple's wearable, but removed those assets in recent updates.
Rather, it might be a matter of reevaluating the necessity for smartwatch versions of these apps. There's a new, much improved navigational element for swapping between walking, driving, and transit directions -- and it shows you the expected time to your destination for each all in one view. The old method for swapping between direction types was pretty unintuitive, so we're happy to see this change. From the same sidebar menu that slides in from the left side of the screen, tap on the Your places label. Google Maps for Apple Watch also lacked the ability to display a conventional map view, severely limiting its utility to end users. Remember, Apple said that the 2016 holiday quarter for Watch revenue. Google Maps Apple Watch home screen.
Recent Routes displays the previous navigation path. App developers rushed to push out Apple Watch apps before they figured out what the watch was best for. Earlier today, AppleInsider reported Google quietly removed support for Apple Watch in the latest iteration of released last month. From today, that all changes. The app's release notes did not convey the change to users, and Google remained mum on the subject until now. But if you're an Apple Watch user who wanted to use your watch for directions, Apple Maps has been your only option -- until today. Unfortunately, you can't display a full map — which you can do with Apple Maps on the watch — or enter a destination on the watch itself, which you'll still need to do on your phone.
While shopping on Amazon from your wrist may seem somewhat superfluous, the eBay app for Apple Watch did allow users to track bid statuses. Now, scan the edges of the app bundle and tap on the Google Maps icon when you find it. See also: The wrist version of Google Maps is simple: Choose between home and work when you open the app. On the My Watch screen, scroll all the way down to the third-party app list and search for the Google Maps tab. We'll update with official statements if they are provided. Apple Watch owners now have the option to use Google Maps for getting directions to and from work, home, and recently visited or set locations.
Google, Amazon, and eBay have left the Apple Watch App Store in recent weeks, as have Target and TripAdvisor. In addition, the app supports all the modes of transportation, including driving directions, walking, biking, and transit. When, exactly, Apple Watch users can expect Google Maps integration is unclear. You can easily swap between views of routes and how long each mode will take. Until now Apple Maps was the only option for Apple Watch owners who wanted directions from their wrist watch.
However, the company has since made big efforts to. Along with a new Apple Watch app, today's update also includes a tool for comparing estimated travel times across driving, transit, walking and biking directions, and it adds a feature for calling businesses and getting directions from a list of places. The experience is the same one many people are used to and the transition between an iPhone and Apple Watch is a smooth one. Google Maps comes to Apple Watch. Major apps like Google Maps, Amazon, and eBay appear to have quietly abandoned the Apple Watch App Store, without giving a heads up or providing any explanation to users. Else, install it manually by opening the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. The Google Maps apps has been updated with support for Apple Watch.