If You’re Having Trouble with Google Maps Voice Navigation, You’re Not Alone

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While app updates are generally supposed to fix bugs, improve the performance, and introduce new features, they sometimes break down a thing or two for no clear reason.
And this is what’s happening these days for Google Maps on iOS, with iPhone users now complaining that voice directions are clipped or delayed when using a Bluetooth connection.

Worth emphasizing is that this isn’t a widespread bug, but it’s happening on more than a handful of devices, so it’s definitely something that needs to be investigated by the Google Maps team.

For example, someone on Google’s forums notes that the first few words that Google Maps says whenever it needs to provide navigation directions are always clipped. This only happens when the Bluetooth connection is being used and after the latest app updates that were published in the App Store. Several other users confirmed that the same thing happened on their devices too.

Then, someone else explains that the voice navigation is cut off, with the first few words never actually spoken.

For the past 2 weeks or so, when Google Maps gives me the voice navigation over Bluetooth (as phone call as always), the first 2 seconds aren't voiced. So if the directions are supposed to be ‘Continue straight on Main Street for 3 miles’, what I hear is ‘...on Main Street for 3 miles’, the first few words are cut off,” one user explains.

Of course, the typical workarounds that are available on the iPhone, and which involve things like re-installing the apps, don’t make any difference. Due to Apple’s restrictions, users are not allowed to install an older version of Google Maps, so at this point, it’s rather hard to determine if the latest app release is the culprit or not.

When used without a Bluetooth connection, with voice navigation going through the phone speakers, everything appears to be working just fine, with all words spoken correctly whatsoever.
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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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