Google Mpas Apple Watch

The Google Maps app received an update today that includes a handful of new features, the most noteworthy of them being support for Apple Watch.

Upon launching the app on your Apple Watch, you will be presented two buttons: one for directions to your home, another for directions to your work, two locations that can easily be set up from within Google Maps on iPhone. A list of recent routes is also displayed on the screen to quickly browse and access your latest requested directions.

Pressing firmly on the screen gives you the option to choose between driving, walking or transit directions.

Based on my limited time with the app, I don’t believe there is a way to input a specific address from Apple Watch, as it seems directions must be selected from the pre-set list on the device, or from the iPhone app itself.

The full changeling of version 4.11.0 is as follow:

  • Easily compare ETAs across driving, transit, walking & biking
  • Call business & get directions directly from a list of places
  • Get directions to places now on your Apple Watch
  • Bug fixes

Google Maps is a free app in the App Store.

  • That_Fruitarian

    Man!!! I don’t like that I need to add my home address or work address for the watch app to work. I just can’t bring myself to do that…. Lol

    • You don’t have to.

      • That_Fruitarian

        I tried to set it up on my watch and it said I must set a home or work location on my phone first. Let me download it again.

      • John

        Got it….how?

      • That_Fruitarian

        Just disregard and start searching.

  • So all it does is add a button to navigate to places? It doesn’t sound like a very good maps app if you compare it to the stock maps app where you can add a glance that shows your current location and browse a map of the world in addition to being able to get directions to places.

  • czarczarczar

    Awesome ! Does your watch vibrate at every upcoming turn like it does with Apple’s stock map app?

  • Will it cause the phone to speak directions?

  • Derrick Gooch

    If you turn on maps from the iPhone it will automatically display on the apple watch. (Handoff feature I guess) It works pretty well actually but you cannot enter direct from apple watch as of yet.

  • Thomas Meredith

    Just wish I could add this as a glance.