Users Clearly Aren’t Happy with the Latest Google Maps Updates on Android

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Google Maps is currently the world’s number one mobile navigation app, and the Google Play Store statistics are the living proof in this regard.
It has already recorded more than 10 billion installs from the Store alone (though we shouldn’t forget Maps comes pre-loaded with Android), and many people out there also use the dedicated APK installer to deploy the app on their devices.

Google itself is very committed to improving Google Maps, so the company rolls out frequent updates supposed not only to add new features but also to polish the overall experience.

However, these updates sometimes cause more harm than good, as they break down certain features, making it harder for users to rely on the app for their daily navigation needs.

This is the case with the updates received by Google Maps lately. The app’s listing on the Google Play Store has received a ton of one-star reviews lately, and almost everybody highlights problems introduced in the latest versions.

Several users complain of the links glitch that we already reported earlier this week. Opening a Google Maps link when the mobile device is connected to a car to run Android Auto is no longer possible. The company itself says it’s already working on a fix, but an ETA as to when it could land hasn’t been provided.

Others say the app just shuts down when trying to search along the route. Some of those who installed the most recent updates claim that locking the mobile device to use Google Maps in the audio mode no longer works, as the app just goes back to showing route options, therefore interrupting the navigation.

And that’s not all. There’s also a handful of reports indicating the app feels very laggy and sometimes won’t even load addresses, while others claim the voice packages are broken, and the navigation now uses a bizarre mix of Spanish and English when guiding them to the destination.

Google has already acknowledged some of these problems, but for now, users’ only option is to just wait for a fix to go live.
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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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