Google Maps comes back to Apple Watch after three years

Google had removed the Google Maps app from the Apple Watch in 2017

Highlights
  • Google Maps makes a return to the Apple Watch
  • The app was pulled from the smartwatch back in 2017
  • Google has also updated Maps for Apple CarPlay

Google Maps is finally back on the Apple Watch three years after Google pulled the app from the smartwatch. Google announced on Monday that the new Google Maps app for the Apple Watch will include a step-by-step navigation for saved places, like your work or home. To recall, Google had removed the Maps app from the Apple Watch in 2017 and the company mentioned it was only temporary. 

It was unclear why Google removed Google Maps support for Apple Watch back then, but analysts believed that some apps were not suited for the smartwatch at the time. With newer Apple Watch models now offering a larger screen real estate, navigation through Google Maps should be easier for wearers.

Apple Watch continues to dominate the smartwatch space globally. Despite the coronavirus pandemic this year, Apple managed to ship 7.6 million smartwatches worldwide in Q1 2020, as per data from Strategy Analytics.

Google also announced that it has updated the Maps app for Apple CarPlay. The new Google Maps app will now show a split-screen view with navigation on one side and controls like music playback, calendar appointments, among other things, on the other side.

The new Google Maps app for CarPlay will be available starting today, while the app for the Apple Watch will be available worldwide “in the coming weeks.”