Google Maps App Drops Apple Watch, Support May Return

Google dropped Google Maps support for the Apple Watch, with the company later telling Shara Tibken of CNET that the app may once again support Apple's popular wearable in the future. The support was officially dropped in the latest build of the Google Maps app for iOS devices, and Google's comment on the matter did not include an explanation for why the decision to stop supporting the device was made. Likewise, it's currently unclear when the company is planning to reintroduce the feature. The latest version of the app in Apple's iOS App Stor does not even mention that support for the Apple Watch has been pulled, with its changelog only stating that the app was updated with a Directions widget for the lock screen, iMessage location sharing, and unnamed bug fixes.

The newest version of the Google Maps app for iOS seems to be focusing more on increasing the utility of the app outside of its dedicated interface, which makes it all the stranger to see Apple Watch support be removed. Since Apple requires developers to build individual apps for the Apple Watch, it's easy to imagine that something broke, leading Google to temporarily pull the Apple Watch version of the app. This possibility is all the more likely in light of the fact that Google didn't disclose when its support for the device will return.

Other popular apps such as Amazon and eBay have also reportedly been ditching the Apple Watch in recent weeks. Interestingly, Google is the only one thus far to report that they'll be bringing support back. Apple's flagship smartwatch has been recording fairly decent sales lately, making it somewhat strange to see interest in the platform apparently waning. The latest turn of events follows shortly after Android Wear 2.0 received its full release and started making its way to a wide range of smartwatches, bringing an Android Wear version of the Play Store with it, among other features. Fitbit is also on the verge of releasing their first full-featured smartwatch, which could end up being a revival of Pebble, but the company has yet to clarify what operating system will its upcoming wearable run.

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