News 13th Mar 2020
what3words add voice search capability to the what3words app for Apple Watch

The what3words app can now be used on Apple Watch to enter, share and navigate to precise locations.

The what3words app has introduced simple, accurate location and voice technology for Apple Watch.

what3words is the simplest way to talk about and share location, anywhere in the world. The app has divided the world into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, giving each square a new, simplified address made up of three dictionary words. For example, the exact 3 meter square of the popular Fort Point view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco can be found at ///usual.trying.highs.

what3words for Apple Watch is voice enabled, allowing users to enter a what3words address hands-free in any of eight languages to date, including English, Arabic, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Spanish. what3words hyper-accurate locations are the only address system built for voice input. The industry-leading speech recognition from what3words Voice API powered by Speechmatics provides easy and simple voice input for addresses.

Other functionality includes viewing the 3 word address of your current location by pressing on the watch screen, sharing any what3words address to an iOS device via iMessage, and navigating using Apple Maps or what3words’ Compass feature.

Josh Wigmore, Chief Product Officer (CPO) at what3words explained that; “Using voice is one of the quickest ways to enter a what3words address, and with what3words for Apple Watch, users can now do this right from their wrist without needing their phone. You can quickly share your current address to meet with friends, or look one up with voice and navigate there easily with Apple Maps or Compass. what3words for Apple Watch is powered by our new what3words Voice API so it’s fast and accurate, currently supporting eight languages with more coming soon.”

To use voice to enter precise locations easily, download the what3words app from the App Store and tap the what3words icon on the watch screen to access the new features.

The what3words app for Apple Watch requires watchOS 6 or later.

 

How to enter a what3words address by voice

  • Open the app, then tap on the what3words address that appeared.
  • A list will appear. Select ‘Language’, then choose the language you’d like to use. This will take you back to the main app screen.
  • Tap the red icon with the speech bubble, then say the what3words address you’d like to enter.

 

How to see the what3words address for your current location

  • Open the app, a what3words address will appear.
  • To refresh it, firmly press the what3words address on your screen, then tap the refresh icon.
  • The what3words address for your current location will appear.

 

How to share a what3words address via iMessage

  • Enter a what3words address or tap on the what3words address for your current location.
  • A list will appear. Select Share.
  • This will open your contacts, select one to send the what3words address to via iMessage.

 

How to navigate to a what3words address via Apple Maps

  • Enter a what3words address or tap on the what3words address for your current location.
  • A list will appear. Select Navigate, then select Maps to navigate to that location using Apple Maps.

 

How to navigate to a what3words address with the Compass feature

  • Enter a what3words address or tap on the what3words address for your current location.
  • A list will appear. Select Navigate, then select Compass to navigate to that location using the Compass feature.
  • A little arrow will show you the direction of that what3words address, and you’ll be able to see the distance between you and that location. When you arrive to that square, the red circle around the what3words address will turn green.

     

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