Google Releases New Google Maps Update with Big News for Android Auto Users

Google Maps always told users to turn around at the next roundabout 7 photos
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Google Maps and Android Auto are for many a match made in heaven, and the whole thing makes perfect sense. They’re both developed by the same company, and given Google Maps is the number one navigation in the entire world, it should feel like home on Android Auto.
Only that this isn’t necessarily happening all the time, and not a long time ago, users discovered an error that made Google Maps a lot more difficult to use on Android Auto.

More specifically, Google Maps ended up displaying wrong roundabout information on the dashboard, although the directions shown on the larger screen on the console were correct.

Users who turned to Google’s forums to describe the problem said Google Maps always tells them to turn around at the next roundabout, no matter the direction they should use.

While some people managed to deal with the whole thing by downgrading to an earlier version of Google Maps – which was a clear sign the app itself was the one that required a fix, Google too was looking into all these reports, trying to bring things back to normal for everybody.

And the latest update for Google Maps on Android and Android Auto finally corrects the problem.

If you’re struggling with the same wrong roundabout information in your car, just make sure that you install Google Maps version 10.81, available right now in the Google Play Store (a minor revision bringing the app to version 10.81.1 has also been released minutes ago, so you can install this one too).

Google has confirmed that version 10.81 and newer no longer include the broken roundabout guidance, no matter where you run the app.

Users who have previously downgraded to version 10.70 or 10.70.2 can also update to the new release safely – if automatic app updates have been disabled to prevent the latest build of Google Maps from being installed, make sure you enable them again on your mobile device.
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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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