First spotted by several Redditors (via Auto Evolution), puzzled users are claiming that they have to manually close Google Maps on their mobile devices after Android Auto closes down. Usually, Google Maps handles this process automatically, but multiple flustered reports have piled into the Android Auto subreddit noting that it’s simply failing to do so. To add further insult to injury, several other people report that Google Maps Navigation appears in their notification center even if they didn’t launch it, like some sort of Android specter jeering and taunting at them as they sit by helplessly in their vehicles. Aside from ruffling a few drivers’ feathers like when Android Auto and CarPlay broke together before, the glitch has mostly left app users scratching their heads. Vehicle owners must now reportedly manually close Google Maps “even when the app wasn’t launched on Android Auto,” says Auto Evolution, which is quick to point out that there’s still no known remedy for the bug as of now.
While the whole world regroups following a lengthy time of isolation due to the epidemic, we are increasingly relying on our applications to help us reconnect. Google Maps on Android Auto is an ever-improving relationship aimed to make it easier for users to navigate from point A to point B – but it doesn’t imply everything is perfect. The Google Maps software appears to be misbehaving on Android Auto once more, with the newest issue presumably originating from how Google Maps shuts down once the smartphone disconnects from some of the better Android Auto head unit settings inside the car.
Google has so far kept schtum on the app conundrum, even though it’s not the first time certain drivers have experienced such an issue. One Reddit user calls it a well-known and recurring bug between Android Auto and Google Maps, adding that it soon disappeared for them after some updates before returning again.