The Google Maps app for Apple Watch. [credit:
Today, Google made two announcements about Google Maps for Apple platforms. First, Google’s app now works with the dashboard view on CarPlay screens, allowing drivers to see maps and media controls side-by-side. Second, Google is relaunching the Maps app on the Apple Watch, with turn-by-turn directions.
CarPlay’s dashboard mode was introduced in iOS 13 late last year, but it only supported Apple Maps. Apple began offering other developers the ability to take advantage of it in March with the release of iOS 13.4, and today marks the finalization of Google’s support for the feature. Google’s blog post announcing the update says it should go into effect for all users of CarPlay-supported vehicles today.
The new Google Maps app for Apple Watch won’t arrive today, though. Instead, Google promises the app is launching worldwide “in the coming weeks.” It will offer “step-by-step” directions for driving, walking, cycling, or taking public transit.