There are many navigation apps available for Android Auto, but Google Maps and Waze remain the most popular choices. This makes perfect sense especially in the case of Google Maps. After all, it’s a native Google app running on top of another native Google app. However this marriage can sometimes do more harm than good. It’s just that the slightest flaw in Google Maps can completely destroy Android Auto, which represents a real danger!
Google Maps could be a danger to Android Auto
By the way this is what has been happening since mid-November, when Google Maps for Android received an update. This version apparently included a bug that caused a mysterious issue with Android Auto, making it impossible for users to switch to other apps whenever Google Maps was active.
That is, Google Maps launched, the only thing people could do was keep this app on the screen. It’s just that everything else stopped working including the application launcher and the notifications themselves.
Fortunately, Google quickly realized this and started looking for solutions to this situation in Android Auto. And not so long ago, the company released a fix, eventually bringing everything back to normal.
The big question is that this doesn’t work for everyone, because some people still have this update as unavailable. That said, if you want to download the update, there are two ways to do it. The first one is also the most convenient one, as you can simply use the Google Play Store and update Google Maps. However, taking into account that the updates are phased, you can follow plan B. This means going through this page and downloading the APK installer.
So we always have to be very attentive to any changes or strange behavior when we update Google Maps. It’s just that sometimes we can think that the issue is in Android Auto but it’s not. This is the danger of the two apps being so rooted in each other.