New Google Maps Update for iPhone Available, Top CarPlay Feature Still Missing

Google Maps has just received a new update on iPhone, but unfortunately for CarPlay users, the feature they expect the most is yet to show up.
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Google Maps is one of the most popular navigation apps right now, if not the most popular navigation app, that people use on their smartphones and inside their cars to get from point A to point B in a more efficient way.

But at the same time, Google Maps comes with a series of extra features that can enhance the experience overall, including support for CarPlay and some of the capabilities that Apple has brought to cars, such as voice control.

Unfortunately, it looks like Google still doesn’t seem to be very keen on adding support for the new CarPlay dashboard that debuted in the latest iOS update and which requires developers to specifically add such capabilities in their apps.

The CarPlay multi-view screen, or the dashboard as most people refer to it, allows us to have multiple apps running on the same screen in cards. Prior to the latest iOS update, the maps card was locked to Apple Maps, which means that only Apple’s app was allowed to run here.

In iOS 13.4, Apple finally lifted some restrictions, allowing third-party navigation apps, including Google Maps and Waze, to use this card. But for this to happen, developers first need to add support for the CarPlay dashboard, which at this points seems to be taking a lot more than originally expected.

Neither Google Maps nor Waze have been updated with support for the dashboard, and this new update doesn’t seem to change anything in this regard.

Google Maps 5.41, which can be downloaded right now from the Apple App Store, only includes fixes and general improvements, so if you we’re hoping for the dashboard support, you better not hold your breath for it because the wait might be longer than everyone anticipated.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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