Google App Now Lets You Get Directions With Apple Maps or Waze

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google's official search app for iOS has been updated this week with more navigation options in the United States and other countries.


    In addition to Google Maps, you can now use Apple Maps or Waze for navigation when searching for places and addresses in the Google app.

    When you search for an address and tap the navigation button, a menu opens with the three options for directions: Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze.

    The update also brings search filters to the Google app. Once you've searched for something, scroll across the options bar underneath the search box to find the "Tools" option and filter results by time range and more.

    Google's app is free on the App Store [Direct Link] for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

    Article Link: Google App Now Lets You Get Directions With Apple Maps or Waze
  2. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Google map opening Apple map? What a nightmare scenario
  3. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Google app (not Google Maps) offering Apple Maps as an option for directions. Sweet. Choice is good.
  4. Aston441 macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2014

    It's time for Apple to quit the petty rivalry and let us set default apps to open.

    It's also time to allow useful widgets on the home screen and a notification dot on the title bar, just like my Apple Watch interface copied from Android (of 8 years ago).

    Why does my Apple Watch home screen give me more info on the home screen than my huge iPhone screen?
  5. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Apple would be wise to pay attention. Google is putting the end user first with this move; and in the process, they’re hoping that more people will use their search app for iOS to get directions, I’m sure. I would use Siri to get directions all the time if I could choose which app it auto launched. Since I can’t do that, I don’t use Siri to get directions.
  6. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000


    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
    Is this a subtle hint from Google for Apple to give their users a choice as what maps app to use? :p
  7. Howyalikdemapls macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2013
    I’m much more interested in Apple letting us set Google Maps as a default option
  8. I am Andy macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2012
    Why are you more interested?
    I‘ve never used Google apps on mobile.
    And in earlier days there was something like ‚Google‘ in my browser.
    But that’s long ago.
    Don‘t miss anything.
  9. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
    This is awesome. I often search for businesses and destinations in Google, but I much prefer to use Apple for navigation while driving, mostly because the Apple Watch turn-by-turn vibration alerts are so convenient.
  10. vooke macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2014
    The Google app is too bulky and I can’t see any unique purpose it serves thst can’t be served by Safari.
  11. Amacfa macrumors 65816


    May 22, 2009
    I’ve switched completely to Apple Maps since iOS11 and haven’t used google maps since. Lane guidance and Indoor maps sealed the deal for me. All it needs now is bicycle directions
  12. rdinterman macrumors member


    Sep 17, 2012
    Pretty happy with Apple Maps, but would really love Google Maps on my CarPlay sometimes.
  13. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    I'd actually put iPhone in my phone choice rotation if I could select my default apps. Until then, iPhones are a choice for my kids only.
  14. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
  15. Howyalikdemapls macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2013
    My neighborhood has existed for 2 1/2 years. It was added to Google Maps almost immediately but still isn’t in Apple Maps.
  16. mistasopz macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2006
    Apple maps took me to the wrong location for two different meetings. Had to use Google maps to take is to the right place. Also several locations in my area are shown in the wrong place. I've submitted corrections in the past but yet they remain wrong. I don't trust Apple maps at all and the fact that Apple won't let you choose your default maps program makes me less likely to buy another iPhone in the future.
  17. KingslayerG5 Suspended


    Oct 16, 2017
    I do some DoorDash driving and did some Postmates earlier on. I got an iPhone SE mainly for its size and GPS. Easy to carry while holding a bag. Google Voice navigation can be very inaccurate where I dash. So I tried Apple Map and honestly it isn't that bad.

    I prefer the UI on it and will tell me which side of the house and exact address while getting closer while Google's only does it sometimes. I tried Waze (which is owned by Google) and it is annoying. Like a social network app. Too convoluted for me.

    Google Maps sends me to the wrong direction at least 10-15% of the time and don't like the greenish UI while Apple Maps looks cleaner with the black trims. I wouldn't go far to say Apple's is perfect. Both give me zigzag directions when I could have easily went straight.

    Still, choice is good. DoorDash, you really need to have both maps available in case one of them messes up. It is why I use a minimum of three phones daily. G5 is my phone and Wi-Fi hotspot. SE is my browser and backup GPS. Moto E is my GPS.

    Battery life would die quickly if I only used one phone daily with GPS and data on all day. GPS is a big battery drainer. Hooray to Google for giving us options. Their Maps can be a joke sometimes but all of them are flawed with directions in the northern Orange County region.

    Count me as one of the few who actually likes Apple Maps. I used to ridicule Apple Watch before but now thinking of getting a Series 2 because of Apple Maps.
  18. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Has anyone tried to get directions using Google Maps or Apple Maps recently via the Google app? The Google app previously asked me which app I wanted to use but now it’s pushing me to Waze automatically when I tap “Start”. I don’t recall specifying Waze as the app I wanted to use every time. I uninstalled and reinstalled the Google app to see if it would allow me to choose which navigation app I wanted to use when I asked for directions, but it didn’t. Strange that they would remove this ability.
  19. one more macrumors 6502a

    one more

    Aug 6, 2015
    I cover about 2000 km (1200 miles) each month in Western Europe and use the combination of several navigation apps for different purposes. These are some of my observations specifically about navigation functions and accuracy:

    Apple Maps
    + simple routes (less unnecessary turns)
    - still lacking new road layout elements introduced over a year ago and repeatedly reported by me

    Google Maps
    + public transport data / lane assistance in numerous countries (and not just in two as with Apple Maps)
    - more cluttered UI, making it difficult to get to the needed set of options quickly
    + a great app for offline maps offering a very detailed information down to walking trails in woodlands

    + the most accurate road layout / speed limits
    - unnecessary complicated routes for minor arrival time gains

    So I was using Waze for driving most of the time, but was pleasantly surprised a few days ago with Apple Maps (iOS 11.1) when it correctly showed a motorway (highway) closure and rerouted me accordingly. The warning info for the closure was displayed along the motorway, yet Waze failed to pick it up. Apple Maps started the journey with the same route as Waze, but corrected the route along the way. Kudos!

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