The former was always a curious omission, and meant that even smartwatches with a cellular plan weren't capable of achieving full-fledged navigation from Maps.
To take advantage of the new upgrade, you won't really need to do much differently; simply open the app when connected to Wi-Fi or LTE and use the keyboard or your voice to find your destination as you normally would. This time, though, it won't matter if your phone is nearby.
If you're a Pixel Watch owner, you could be in line for double the upgrades, too.
Fall Detection begins appearing on Pixel Watch
While not totally official just yet, the Fall Detection feature promised at launch to arrive this winter has now started appearing for some users.
From what we can deduce via Reddit and other forums, it appears to be an option for those running the latest update from December with the RWD9.220429.070 build following a reset.
It can also be accessed through Settings > Safety & Emergency > Fall Detection, and you may also receive a notification in your connected Android's 'Watch' app.
As with other smartwatches, the feature, when enabled, will ping a notification when it suspects you've fallen suddenly and are motionless. From there, it can also be set up to make a call automatically to your emergency contact.
The feature isn't yet appearing on our test device, and it seems pretty hard to get it to show, based on all accounts. However, we'll provide full setup and instructions once it does, so stay tuned.
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