Google Maps on Android Wear

Google continues to be a dominant force in the online mapping space. Despite recent setbacks with their partly crowdsourced maps, the Google Maps team announced today an update for both the Maps app for Android Wear and extended APIs for Wear developers. Before installing the update if you used the “Ok Google, navigate to” voice command from a Wear device it would open the app on your phone. However, after installing today’s update, the voice command will launch the navigation map and provide the turn by turn instructions on your Wear device.

This builds on the previous update to the Maps mini app for Wear which introduced scrollable maps and a ‘low power’ always on screen mode. The Wear device still needs to be connected to a phone however for the Maps app to function.

Map API Icons

Google also announced new developer APIs to allow 3rd party developers to integrate Google Maps into their own Wear apps. At launch, they have announced integration from several partners, from these announced partners only TripAdvisor, and perhaps FourSquare to a lesser extent, seem to have a large presence here in Australia. Hopefully, now that the API is out in the open we will see some innovative uses for Maps in Wear apps available in Australia soon.

What do you think, are you waiting for the time you can navigate to new or familiar destinations from your Android Wear watch? Lets us know if you see the app update.

Source: Android Official Blog.
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Kindle
Kindle
5 years ago

nice. I do like Foursquare.

toast
toast
5 years ago

Where in Melbourne can you walk into a store and see an Androidware watch?

Duncan_J
Duncan_J
Reply to  toast
5 years ago

Hi toast, I’m not from Melbourne but most JBs I go into have them, as do most Harvey Norman and Good Guys stores

toast
toast
Reply to  Duncan_J
5 years ago

… no, not here in Melbourne. They have those not-Android Samsung bands, but none of them have Android Wear.

Duncan_J
Duncan_J
Reply to  toast
5 years ago

Telstra stores also seem to have Sony smart watch 3, try there as well

TheCatMan
TheCatMan
Reply to  toast
5 years ago

@toast, JB Hi-Fi have them. I went and played with one before purchasing the Sony SmartWatch 3. You will have to ask them to show you because they are not displayed in the open. And I think that is what you may have been asking.

TT
TT
5 years ago

Where is Melbourne public transport integration?

ShirleyRManley
ShirleyRManley
Reply to  TT
5 years ago

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IsaacLHawk
IsaacLHawk
Reply to  TT
5 years ago

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