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Google Maps app suddenly shows up on an Android Wear watch

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After updating his phone to Google Maps version 9.9, an Android Central writer made a surprising discovery: a near-fully functional Google Maps app had suddenly appeared on his Wear watch as well. The app reportedly works much like the standard mobile phone or tablet version (ie pinch to zoom, swipe to navigate) and even opens with the "Ok Google" voice command. But it's not perfect however. For example, launching the app on your watch apparently causes it to also launch on the phone. Plus the watch app could only be closed by physically pressing the LG Watch Urbane's side button. While it's nice that Android Wear now mirrors the Maps functionality that Apple Watch wearers enjoy, the watch app's overall bugginess is likely enough to make you just keep fishing out your phone for directions.

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