An almost full-fledged Google Maps app pops up on Android Wear

An almost full-fledged Google Maps app pops up on Android Wear
Yesterday we reported about the latest version of Google Maps for Android (v9.9) that came with a pretty humble changelog - apart from the translucent status bar, there were hardly any other noteworthy changes. It turned out that this was only at first sight, as the update brought a pretty handy functionality hidden in plain sight, as it required us to look at our wrists to notice it.

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. 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

Core Google Maps features like pinch-to-zoom, true north/ device direction switching, and scrolling around are on board; you also get a handy virtual zoom in/out buttons and a power-saving display mode, which displays the map in black and white. Still, the app is quite limited at this time - if you opt to start navigation from Google Maps on your watch, it redirects you to your phone and opens app on it.

It's also worth saying that actually getting the app on your Android Wear watch is a bit tricky (just as anything Android Wear-related). First of all, you need to have Maps v9.9 on your phone, then you need to re-sync your apps, and finally, if you are lucky, a simple restart of the smartwatch will do the job and bring Google Maps on your smartwatch.

source: AndroidCentral



1. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Wonder how using this app affects battery life

2. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

IMO these smartwatches should be little bigger if they tend to put stuff like this on it.

4. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

no please the current smart-watches are already big anything larger will be clunky and uncomfortable

8. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Well maybe for you but they need to get bigger if you want to actually see streets properly

10. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Larger screens are something your phone can easily provide. I would see this as something used for walking directions in metro areas or spoken directions on your wrist that you can glance at on driving trips. I see what you are getting at though.

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1992; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Like kkmkk said, don't make the screens bigger. Soon, we will have 3.5" screens on our wrists, so we don't have to take the 7" phone out of our pockets.


Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

good luck for zooming it

5. Sauce5 unregistered

Can't it zoom like Digital Crown for Apple Watch, but with whatever gesture Android Wear has?

7. gaming64 unregistered

Good luck being retarded.

6. gaming64 unregistered

Uh should I give a thumbs up for giving Android Wear a Maps app on that small screen or a thumbs down for MAKING AN MAPS APP FOR A SCREEN THAT SMALL YOUR EYES WOULD POP OUT???

11. steelew

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

I keep getting google maps support coming soon. I downloaded the apk from Apk mirror. It must not have synced yet. Maybe now I'll keep it unblocked...maybe

12. rshanberg unregistered

I get the same thing, even after forcing a sync. I'm going to assume that it requires the Android Wear update that just started rolling out.

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