Google Maps now supports standalone Apple Watch navigation and improved iOS navigation


Google Maps for iOS is getting a slew of improvements, including some aimed at improving navigation on the iPhone and Apple Watch.

Users visiting new places will benefit from an improved navigation map that includes information on streetlights and building outlines that have been enhanced. For iOS and CarPlay, Google is rolling out even more information in select cities.

As a result of this new feature, toll road navigation routes will now display estimated toll pricing based on factors such as payment methods and weekdays. According to Google, starting in April, this feature will be available on 2,000 toll roads across the United States, India, Japan, and Indonesia.

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Google is bringing directions to watchOS users’ wrists for the first time. There will be an Apple Watch shortcut on Google’s Android Wear devices soon, allowing users to navigate without an iPhone in tow. A new “Take Me Home” feature will make it simple for customers to get back to a pre-determined location on their own terms and conditions.

Other features include a new pinned trip widget that allows users to see selected trips, as well as a more compact version of Google Maps’ search widget.

Also, Google is working on adding Google Maps integration to Siri, Shortcuts, and Spotlight. Voice commands for Siri navigation will be available as soon as the feature is made generally available to the general public.

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