Waze Fixes Another Big Annoyance on Android and Android Auto

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Photo: reddit user Bigtank35
If you’re using Waze on your mobile device or in the car, you probably noticed that from time to time, the app experiences various issues. Thankfully, many of them are rapidly addressed by the parent company.
And while the Waze team is now busy working on CarPlay dashboard support, engineers in charge of the Android and Android Auto experience have managed to address another big annoyance in the app.

There’s a chance you noticed this too. Occasionally, when launching Waze and setting up the navigation, the direction of travel is no longer centered but slightly tilted, despite the car icon (either the default arrow a custom model enabled from settings) being displayed correctly.

At first glance, this seems to signal a GPS calibration problem, and some say other apps are affected as well, including Google Maps. However, recalibrating the GPS sensor doesn’t seem to fix the whole thing on the Android devices affected by this glitch.

Interestingly enough, similar problems have also been reported on the iOS version of the app, and the Waze team is reportedly investigating the whole thing already.

But for Android and Android auto users, the good news is the issue has already been solved in the latest beta build, so theoretically, it should go live in the next stable update for Waze in the Google Play Store. The changelog indeed explains that the update resolves a glitch that displays “the car icon always facing up [but] navigation is tilted,” so problems like the one highlighted in this screenshot shared on reddit should no longer occur.

At this point, there’s no ETA as to when the next stable update for Waze could go live, but given the beta has already been released to private testers, this shouldn’t take too long. In the meantime, Waze continues to work just fine, so this slightly tilted navigation is just an annoyance that doesn’t affect the app’s functionality.
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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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