10 January 2019
It's not surprising but a delayed release of Google Assistant support for Google Maps. Last year at the I/O event the search engine giant confirmed the arrival of an updated version of Google Maps optimized with the Google Assistant. The company confirmed to roll out later in summer, however, the company failed to fulfill their promise.
Today the company officially confirmed roll out of Google Assistant optimized Maps for the Android and iOS users at the CES event. The latest update now allows users to interact with Google Maps via voice without touching the device.
So now you can get navigation while driving without touching your phone. As expected the Google Assistant on the Maps will have "lower visual profile" which is understandable because Google doesn't want to deviate attention while driving.
The new update brings a colored microphone in the Maps to access Google Assistant or you can access it by simply calling "Ok Google". Although the update is being rolled out for both Android and iOS users it brings more features for the Android users.
The new update allows both Android and iOS users to reply texts with punctuation, playing music, controlling navigation to your route. The Android users can even tap in and reply messages of third-party chat apps including Messenger, Viber, Whatsapp, and others.
Although the Google Assistant isn't new for the iOS users it wasn't available on the go instead you have to install it as an app. However, with the Assistant optimized Maps, it will become more visible for the iOS users.
Do share your thoughts regarding the Google Assistant optimized Maps in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more CES news.