Long-awaited Google Maps fix confirmed as more users switch to Waze
Google Maps is the world leader in mobile navigation, but that in no way guarantees that the experience will always be flawless for users.
And those who use Android on their mobile devices recently encountered an issue that makes them harder to use one of the best features that come with Google Maps.
An update in early December stopped searching along the route, which means that after users set up a destination in Google Maps and navigation begins, searching for other POIs, such as service stations, is no longer possible.
It is easy to see how this error causes so much frustration for the users of Google Maps. Finding popular POIs, such as gas stations, ATMs, grocery stores, and pharmacies, is no longer possible unless you stop browsing and then manually search for nearby locations.
Several users complain about the same issue in the review section of Google Maps on the Google Play Store, and some say they switched to Waze just because they couldn’t find a way to make the search function work.
The Mountain View-based search giant said it is already working on a fix and will be rolling out to users soon. No further details in this regard were shared, but be sure to keep Google Maps up to date to receive the patch as soon as it goes live.
Until then, there is indeed no workaround to fix the whole thing. In theory, downgrading Google Maps to an earlier version could bring search behavior back to normal, especially since the issue was introduced by an update in early December.
Switching to Waze or another browser app seems to be the more convenient alternative for some, however, so Google would do better to come up with the fix as soon as possible to prevent this migration to competing products.