Broken Google Maps Navigation on Android Auto Is a Real Thing Now

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As many of us know already, the experience with Android Auto in the car isn’t always the best, and it’s all because of various bugs breaking down certain functionality.
No matter if the one to blame is the cable that powers the connection, Android Auto, Google Assistant, or a music app, there’s a lot Google needs to improve and fix, and most recently, users have come across another problem which should be resolved as soon as possible.

This time, the one being impacted appears to be Google Maps, as the navigation now comes with a noticeable lag that makes using it rather a struggle.

Worth knowing, however, is the whole thing isn’t affecting all users, but mostly those driving a Tata, though right now, it’s not exactly clear why only these models are plagued by the bug.

A discussion thread on Google’s forums reveals that Google Maps also loses GPS tracking occasionally, and some say a recent Android Auto update made the experience even worse.

I am facing the same issue with my Tata Nexon XZ+. Initially, everything was fine but started recently. Not sure why. it happens when Spotify and Google Maps both are running. Sometimes it works but most of the time Map application lags and it shows that arrow 1-2 Km behind my actual location,” one user explains.

There’s no workaround doing the trick for everybody, but if a recent Android Auto is indeed the culprit, then the easiest solution is to just downgrade to a previous release. You can find all Android Auto APK installers on this page should you need to manually go back to an older version.

Google is yet to acknowledge these problems and Tata has remained tight-lipped too, so it’s hard to tell if this is a widespread error or not. Nevertheless, it’s another glitch that needs to be fixed, though as always, you’d better not hold your breath for a patch.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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