Google Maps for iOS has received an update that incorporates new features that make it easy to use the app while on the go. Updated navigation maps, new widgets to access maps from the Home screen, and standby support for the Apple Watch are among the new features. The new pin travel widget has been added to Google Maps for iOS, allowing users to view their shared travel on the Go Tab from the iOS home screen. This makes taking directions while on the road much easier. When the user is driving, widgets display the user arrival time, the next departure for transit trips, and route tips.
On the Apple Watch, users will be able to use Google Maps by simply clicking on a shortcut. Previously, navigation started from the iPhone before a user could log on to their Apple Watch. Users can also add the “Take me home” complication to the clock to start navigating easily. Finally, Google is also integrating Google Maps for iOS into Spotlight, Siri and Shortcuts applications. Users will be able to ask Siri for directions as soon as the feature is rolled out next month, along with advanced Siri search functionality.
Other Features Coming to Google Maps. In addition to those new features specifically to iOS and Apple Watch, Google is also rolling out new features to Google Maps in general. One of these is the addition of charge charges. With this new feature, users will be able to view price charges towards the end of their trip before browsing. Compensation information is provided by local authorities. Google Maps will also suggest free routes as an alternative. This feature will be available on iOS for almost 2,000 commercial routes in the US, India, Japan and Indonesia.
Finally, Google is also adding rich new information to Google Maps. As soon as the update is released, users will see traffic lights and stop signs along the way such as update information such as building policies and useful areas. More detailed information such as the design and size of the roads will also be available for selected cities. New navigation maps will start rolling out to iOS and CarPlay covering selected countries in the coming weeks.