You’d Better Not Update Your iPhone If You Use Google Maps on a Daily Basis

If you use Google Maps, and as it turns out any other navigation app, on a regular basis on your iPhone, you’d better not install the most recent major operating system update.
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And it’s all because navigation apps in general, and Google Maps in particular, seem to be impacted by a glitch that breaks down the Bluetooth connection and which thus leads to voice navigation no longer working as it’s supposed to.

Earlier this week, we reported about broken Google Maps voice navigation happening on some iPhones, with users complaining on the official Google forums that the instructions provided by the app are always clipped. Every time the iPhone is being used with a Bluetooth connection to the car’s speakers for navigation, the first words are always missing.

And while at first glance it was believed that the culprit was Google Maps, it now looks like the culprit is the update to iOS 14, which seems to lead to more issues with navigation apps on updated iPhones.

There are plenty of complaints pointing to broken Bluetooth navigation on Google’s forums (here, here, and here), and some users discovered that the whole thing also happens with Apple Maps. This seems to indicate there’s a bug at the operating system level and not necessarily caused by a specific app.

I just installed and tested Apple Maps and that has exactly the same problem! I guess that means the problem in is the iPhone as it happens in both our cars,” someone says on the forums.

Others came across more problems after updating their iPhones to iOS 14. For example, whenever the Google Maps window is in focus and navigation guidance is supposed to be offered, no sound actually goes through.

At this point, a workaround doesn’t seem to exist, as simply reinstalling the app and resetting Bluetooth don’t make any difference. Neither Google nor Apple acknowledged the issues.
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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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