Google Maps Arrives On Android Wear After Phone Update

By Prateek

An update to Google Maps has brought with it an interesting added bonus for Android smartphone users: access to maps, right there on your wrist.

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Google Maps Arrives On Android Wear After Phone Update

Version 9.9 of Google Maps for Android brings a dedicated Google Maps app straight to Android Wear that can either be fired up by launching it from the drawer or by saying "open Maps" when your smartwatch is listening to you.

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Previously, you could only get directions to a specific location, but now you can experience a mostly full-fledged version of the app, which allows you to browse it.

You can pinch to zoom but I'm pretty sure it's gonna be a challenge actually using the Google Maps on your watch. You can easily launch the app from the app launcher by clicking or saying "open Maps".

Google Maps Arrives On Android Wear After Phone Update

You may also notice a new feature that shows a black and white outline map when the watch isn't touched or used for a while similar to those ambient watch faces.

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This Google Maps app that appeared on Android Wear seems to be an official app from the tech giant although there was no formal launch or announcement.

It doesn't seem stable too yet. It could still be in its beta form but we're expecting the feature will make your Android Wear smartwatch more useful than ever.

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