While the Google app is the fastest way to access the Discover feed, it also powers the Google Assistant experience on Android and Android Auto. In other words, if you use Android Auto when running, this Google app glitch is likely to cause some problems to you too, and in most cases, this means voice commands will no longer work in your car.
Is there anything you can do to restore the Google app and then get voice commands up and running in the car as well? Actually, yes, though the solutions I’m going to recommend aren’t necessarily the most convenient.
The first thing you could try is to remove the latest Google app update installed on your device. Downgrading to an earlier version of the app sometimes helps deal with the glitches introduced in the latest update, though this obviously means you could end up missing on the most recent improvements. But at least, it restores the app until a full fix lands.
And then, you can install the latest beta build of the Google app, as the Mountain View-based search giant has already shipped a new version, possibly to try out a fix for this widespread bug.
Of course, installing beta builds on a productivity device isn’t necessarily the best thing to do. On the other hand, it’s an easy temporary workaround that you can turn to until the fix also makes its way to the stable version of the Google app.