Very Anticipated Google Maps Fix Confirmed as More Users Switch to Waze

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Google Maps is the leading mobile navigation worldwide, but this isn’t by any means a guarantee that the experience is always flawless for users out there.
And those running Android on their mobile devices have recently come across a glitch that’s making it harder for them to use one of the best features bundled with Google Maps.

An early December update has broken down the search along the route, meaning that once users configure a destination in Google Maps and the navigation starts, looking for other POIs, such as gas stations, is no longer possible.

It’s easy to see how this error is causing so much frustration for Google Maps users. Searching for popular POIs, such as gas stations, ATMs, grocery stores, and pharmacies, is no longer possible unless you interrupt the navigation and then manually search for nearby locations.

Several users are complaining of the same problem in the review section of Google Maps on the Google Play Store, and some say they’ve switched to Waze simply because they can’t find a way to get the search feature to work.

The Mountain View-based search giant says it’s already working on a fix, and it will be rolled out to users soon. No further specifics in this regard have been shared, but make sure you keep Google Maps fully up-to-date to receive the patch as soon as it goes live.

In the meantime, there’s indeed no workaround to fix the whole thing. In theory, downgrading Google Maps to an earlier release could bring the searching behavior back to normal, especially given the problem has been introduced by an early December update.

Switching to Waze or another navigation app, however, seems to be the more convenient alternative for some, so Google would better come up with the fix as soon as possible to prevent this migration to competing products.
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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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