Lucky developers and Google I/O attendees who received an Android Wear watch and tried to use navigation commands must have noticed that this aspect of the experience wasn't working at all. Commands simply wouldn't carry through to the phone. This will all be fixed with the update to Google Maps version 8.1.1.


The update, which should be pushed to your device or coming shortly, squashes the regular bugs and adds support for Android Wear devices. The navigation and maps commands on the watches now carry through to the phone and are interpreted as expected. You can search for a location, start navigating, see directions, and exit when you're done, all from your wrist.


Now that the Android Wear SDK is out and the watches are available for pre-order, this is one of a deluge of app updates that we are bound to see in the next weeks and months - Google Keep and Google Play Services have already been updated. Exciting times!

Rita El Khoury
Rita is a pharmacist by profession, a geek by passion. Her love story with Android started in 2009 and has been going stronger with every update, device, tip, app, and game. She lives in Lebanon, speaks three languages, and watches a lot of TV series.

  • Chris

    Another reason to wait. Some stuff isn't even ready. I'm not as excited for these watches as I thought I would be, which is good because I didn't want to spend the money anyway. But who knows, I may walk in to best buy to check them out next week and not be able to help myself.

    I'm excited for where these watches will be in the near future tho.

    • jamaall

      In the month I wait for the Moto 360, most everything should be ready

    • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

      Best Buy? Do you know something that I don't?

    • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

      I'm the opposite - I skipped out on Glass because it was not ready and too expensive, but I've been ten times more excited about Wear than Glass anyway, so I jumped on ordering the LG G as soon as it was on the Play Store. I figure enough features should be working by the time it ships, and more things will be coming soon enough.

    • http://www.JWesCampbell.com/ Wes Campbell

      I have a pebble... so my G Watch will be able to do everything I need it to do when it gets here even if only Hangouts and GMail work..

      • remister

        Imagine the tasker stuff you can do on Android Wear!

    • nxtiak

      The Verge article says: "The Gear Live will be available to preorder from the Google Play Store later today for $199.99, and it'll be available to buy online and at Best Buy stores beginning July 7th. LG's previously announced G Watch will be available to order today for $229, also shipping on July 7th."

      So I'm reading it as the Galaxy Live is the ONLY one will be at Best Buy, but the LG G Watch only order on Play Store, not Best Buy

  • WORPspeed

    Got the update today. If I knew how I'd sahre the APK with you. Changelog for me said updated to work with android wear

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Pretty sure 8.1.1 has already rolled out for everyone.

      • WORPspeed

        Figured I couldn't be the first one with the APK for once....but didn't see an APK download widget, so assumed it was a staged roll-out.

  • Lizard

    Here is the apk link to the 8.1.1 update: http://d-h.st/XNg

  • TedPhillips

    maps update rolled out to me, but not the new search or google play services...

    speaking of which, is the doc for play services 5.0 out yet? i didn't see it on the main play services page, is it in the L preview doc? (that would be odd since it is rolling out to release builds of android)

  • fredric

    As always, please include download links as soon as you get this update.
    I usually end up waiting for almost a week to get updates posted on AP.

  • Ambroos

    And still no translucent notification/navigation bars (immersive mode/translucent decor/...). Would look so good in Google Maps...

  • jolek78

    In Android L, GoogleMaps crash at every start.
    Any solutions?

    • hey Jude

      Same here. Did you find a solution?

  • Dokan

    Okay can someone please explain, why is Google Maps not making me aware that there is an update from the My Apps list?

    Actually its not even available on my Play Store when I search for it, I just can enter to Maps from Play Store if I hit a Play Store link from Chrome. Only then I can see if there is an update for Maps or not.

    Does this have to do with my country, or is it the same with everyone?

    • niuguy

      Many updates don't appear immediately. This is common.

      • Dokan

        I know but its always been like this with Maps for me since I switched to Android 3 years ago. Maps has always been pre-downloaded app, but If I search "Maps" on Play Store I always get everything like Yandex Maps, Google Maps Engine but Google Maps app is never appears, not even on "More apps by Google Inc." list.

        So if there is an update for Google Maps, its never shown on Play Store on "My Apps" list. But if I search Google Maps Android from Chrome and select it with Complete Action Using: Play Store, only then Google Maps opens on Play Store so I can update it from there.

        Is this because I'm from Turkey? I'm guessing Google didn't open the app to Turkey but since its coming pre installed on phones, we get to use it but cant officially update it? I think thats it but its just ridiculous.

  • Marty

    Anybody know how this is suppose to work on the wearable? When I initiate a navigation, it goes through the process shown in the images above and then doesn't display any route info.