Google Assistant Coming to Google Maps for iOS Today

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google is adding its Google Assistant feature to the Google Maps apps for iOS and Android, Google announced today.

    The feature will be available on iPhones starting this afternoon, with Google planning to enable Assistant for Google Maps via an update that's rolling out "shortly."

    On iOS and Android devices, Google Assistant will allow Google Maps users to control their navigation, reply to texts, and control music. On Android, it is also able to send messages through various messaging apps, a feature not available on iOS.

    It can also do things like calculate your ETA so you can let friends and family know when you're set to arrive.

    Google Assistant is already available on iOS devices through the dedicated Google Assistant app, but adding it into Maps makes it more readily accessible for the millions of people who already use the Google Maps app.

    Article Link: Google Assistant Coming to Google Maps for iOS Today
  2. AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    As little as I like Siri, it seems odd to use an alternative that is inherently limited.
  3. kmichalec macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2010
    Does it integrate into CarPlay as a result, since Google Maps is now in CarPlay?
  4. timborama macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2011
    Google, I just want a map app, not all the extra ********!
  5. Gudi macrumors 68030


    May 3, 2013
    Berlin, Berlin
    There’s only one useful Google app for me.

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  6. Shiro_Simba, Jan 8, 2019
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 9, 2019

    Shiro_Simba Suspended


    Sep 28, 2018
    Problem is , google search is default search engine for iPhones . You can change it . I’m sure many don’t know :(

    Might as well allow choice of navigation. Or maybe Google did not want to pay $9 billion for that too.

    I’m for removal of all google apps from iOS - but don’t like this , keeping some because google pays :(
  7. Madmic23 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2004
    I hope this works with CarPlay. Apple Maps frequently gives me terrible directions.
  8. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    It's kinda funny, while a nice feature for Google maps (if you want assistant), now Google has your location and is adding what you're saying being actively monitored on iPhones via this app with this update.
  9. dazz87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2007
    Anytime theres news on Google on this forum there seems to be alot off pissed off people............
  10. Arni99 macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    Vienna, Austria
    In case you didn’t know you can select the microphone screen-icon in CarPlay when using Google Maps for navigation. Of course it would be easier by just pressing the button on the steering wheel as it’s the case for Apple Maps.
  11. acousticbiker macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2008
    If my phone is connected to my car via Bluetooth, will having Assistant in Maps work the same as the JBL Link Drive and Anker Roav Bolt or will those provide any additional functionality?
  12. Justanotherfanboy macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2018
    Google search isn’t an app...

    Since the removal of YouTube & Google Maps, there are no Google apps preloaded on iPhone.
  13. coolsean20 macrumors regular


    Apr 23, 2014
    When is the Apple Maps update coming out? It seems like Apple can’t compete with Google when it comes to maps software and AI.
  14. benroberts3 macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2012
    Kansas City
    I had that exact same question. In theory, it should work since they are no restrictions with Carplay now that they allow for 3rd party maps.

    I've tested the Google Assistant on iOS in my car by going directly to the app (plugged in for Carplay) and asking to navigate somewhere. It responded back "Ok" and then Google Maps popped up on the display with the route ready to go.

    I plan on buying this device to test it out. If it works, it's a keeper. If not, it's going right back to Anker.
  15. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I can't get this to work. Is there some setting I need to change?
  16. benroberts3 macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2012
    Kansas City
    Took me a while to find it. The microphone icon appears when you are actually navigating to a destination. While it's a useful addition it still needs work.
  17. colburnr macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2011
    Crown Point, IN
    I can’t find the microphone. I can see the microphone before I start navigating, but once I am navigating towards my destination, the microphone is nowhere to be found.
  18. Ralfi macrumors 68020


    Dec 22, 2016
    Just keeps getting better.

    Making Google Assistant my default Voice Assistant in IOS will be the next step.
  19. Futurix macrumors 6502


    Nov 22, 2011
    Oh yay, more opportunities for Google to spy on me...

    That said, recently I tried Apple Maps for the first time in years and it was pretty good. So I swapped app icons of Google Maps and Apple Maps so that my typical tap to open maps goes to Apple - and so far, it's good; no complaints.
  20. keifer.street macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2013
    Apple pays billions to make Google the default search engine because it is the best search engine on the planet. By far. They give the most accurate, most relevant, and most meaningful results of any search engine out there. Good luck with Bing and Duck Duck Go!
  21. kstotlani macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2006
    Siri shortcuts is the solution for now. I don’t think Apple will allow google assistant integration.
  22. m0dest macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2010
    You have that backwards. Google pays Apple billions per year to be the default search engine on iOS.

    But yeah, Google is a great search engine too.
  23. BvizioN, Jan 8, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2019

    BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    Yep, I can't believe someone thinks a company would pay billions to set a certain service as a default on it's own hardware!
    --- Post Merged, Jan 8, 2019 ---
    Apple doesn't pay a dime. It is Google who pays billions to be a default search engine on almost billion iOS devices. Apple can choose whatever the f they want as a default on their own devices, they don't have to pay anyone. Google does profit more from iOS devices than Android devices, so you see they are not completely fool to pay Apple billions. Their search engine though is the best, so I wouldn't use any other anyway.
  24. Shiro_Simba Suspended


    Sep 28, 2018
  25. benroberts3 macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2012
    Kansas City
    With most big releases it rolls out to devices slowly to ensure that there are no widespread issues. It can be annoying for people like me who are eager to try out new features. I’m sure your device will have it in a day or so. Can’t say the same for Microsoft’s iOS Outlook redesign.... a month and a half later and 3 App Store updates and still nothing.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 9, 2019 ---
    I just watched a Digital Trends video on YouTube talking about all the new features for the Google Assistant. In order to access the Google Assistant in Google Maps you must have the official Google Assistant App installed on your phone.

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