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Google Maps becomes first third-party navigation app with Apple CarPlay support

Google on Tuesday updated the iOS version of Google Maps with CarPlay support, taking advantage of iOS 12's ability to employ navigation options beyond Apple Maps.

Although Google Maps lacks integration with Siri, the app offers its own voice search tool. The app also automatically carries over home, work and bookmarked addresses associated with a Google account, and users can choose to push an address to an iPhone via the web.

Google's CarPlay interface is in many respects similar to Apple's, including some identical pop-ups. It of course relies on Google's mapping data and has custom settings, which can be used to toggle things like a satellite view or avoiding toll roads.

Drivers can moreover access their personal place lists and navigate offline if they've already cached data in a particular area.

Support for third-party navigation has been one of the most common demands from CarPlay users. Google's maps and directions are typically considered more reliable than Apple's, and even today Google Maps is the seventh-most popular free app at the App Store, despite Apple's option being built into iOS.

Google is meanwhile working on adding CarPlay to its other navigation app, Waze. A compatible update is already in beta testing.