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Google Maps tests Live Activities feature on iPhone for enhanced real-time navigation

Google Maps is currently testing Live Activities on iPhones, a feature that provides real-time information directly to the lock screen and Dynamic Island.

| Updated on: Apr 25 2024, 13:24 IST
Google Maps tests Live Activities feature on iPhone for enhanced real-time navigation
Google Maps brings Live Activities to iPhones, offering real-time updates at a glance. (AP)

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Google Maps is stepping up its game by testing a feature that iPhone users have long awaited: Live Activities. This feature promises to bring dynamic and glanceable information directly to the lock screen and Dynamic Island of iPhones, enhancing the user experience.

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What are Live Activities?

Live Activities are notifications from apps that provide real-time information on the lock screen and always-on display of iPhones. Apps like Uber and Lyft have effectively used this feature to show updates on pickup and dropoff statuses. Google Maps is now joining the fray to offer its users more convenience and timely updates, 9to5google.

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Google Maps' Journey to Live Activities

While Live Activities have been a staple feature on Android for some time, Google Maps for iOS has been slow to integrate this feature. Google first teased support for Live Activities back in 2023, indicating its plans to implement it for iPhone 15. However, the rollout never materialized, leaving users in anticipation.


Recently, Google has been testing Live Activities on select iPhones. Some fortunate users have reported seeing live directions on their lock screens when using Google Maps for navigation. This feature is versatile, working seamlessly whether you're navigating through public transit or using in-car navigation.

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How to Enable Live Activities on Google Maps

If you're keen to try out this feature, there's a setting you can enable within the Google Maps app. Navigate to the Settings menu and toggle on “Glanceable directions while navigating.” While this doesn't guarantee immediate access to Live Activities, it does increase your chances of being part of the testing phase.


The Anticipation Continues

Despite the limited testing, the reception to Live Activities on Google Maps has been overwhelmingly positive. Users are eager for Google to finalize and roll out this feature, as it promises to make navigation more intuitive and user-friendly on iPhones.

While we wait for Google to officially launch Live Activities on Google Maps for iOS, the anticipation and excitement around this feature continue to grow. For now, users can only hope that Google will make this feature widely available soon, enhancing the navigation experience for iPhone users worldwide.

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First Published Date: 25 Apr, 13:23 IST