Top 8 | Navigation Apps for Apple Watch

Location awareness is a big part of the draw of Apple’s new wearable device, both for consumers and developers. Whether you are looking for some kind of at a glance turn by turn way to navigate the world around you, or are an existing developer of this kind of app and want to bring it to people’s wrists in a big way, navigation apps are understandably taking off on the Apple Watch. That said, there are some big omissions from the line up so far, including the likes of Google Maps which hasn’t yet been update to add in Apple Watch support. There is no doubt about it: Google Maps is the go to navigation app for most users, whether you pocket an iPhone or an Android or whatever. But before Google arrives with their inevitable update, the doors are open for other developers to beat them to the punch and perhaps grab some market share in the process. One of those is the Citymapper app, which we will feature here and which has been heavily pushed by Apple as an important alternative, alongside its own preinstalled apps. We take a look at the other options!

8. Apple Maps

Starting with the official Apple Maps app, the whole world is now aware of the problems that Apple has had with this app in the past, but the Watch update is useful enough. While the app is fairly basic at this point, it does appear to be suggesting a direction for other developers of similar navigation apps by making use of the tap notifications. This bascially means that you can input a destination and then, despite the fact that it is more convenient than staring at your phone while making your way across the city, you don’t even need to look at your watch because the app will deliver a small tap should you have to turn left or right – true hands free navigation? – More Info from Apple

7. Transit (Free)

Transit

Forever condemned to annoyingly limited third party apps, public transit info is back in ab ig way with the Apple Watch, and that’s really great to see. We’ll speak about the excellent Citymapper app in a while, but one basic option that is worth looking at should you be a new Apple Watch user who does take the train or the bus is this Transit app. Rather than the notification heavy experience we have been seeing from some navigation apps, the Transit app is more of a basic list of times and directions, so even the most illiterate of app users should have no trouble navigating its interface. – Download from iTunes

6. MOOVIT (Free)

Moovit

The MOOVIT app is a great general city based navigation app that combines stuff like route planning and public transport to get you across your town in an efficient and timely manner. For those who have used the app on the iPhone, it’s a nice alternative and also quite lightweight when compared to apps. So should you be riding in the car or looking out for the next bus or train, the basic premise remains: finding the quickest way to your destination, and MOOVIT does that well,  expecially on your wrist! – Download from iTunes

5. Topo Maps+ (Free)

Topo2

Some apps are great for driving and others are great for general navigation, but one of the bigger blindspots I’ve noticed amount this generation of navigation apps is the on foot capabilities. This is certainly the case if you look closely at the iOS version of Google Maps and others. Fortunately, there is one developer who has focused on the walking (or should I say the hiking) side fo navigation apps. This Topo Maps app from Glacier Peak Studios has recently been updated for the Apple Watch and is an excellent way of monitoring the peaks around you when hiking or just out for a stroll. – Download from iTunes

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