Google Maps getting 1 & 2-star Play Store rating due to new updates that often break functionality or remove useful features

Used by millions, Google Maps is one of the most widely used navigation apps worldwide. Launched in 2006, Maps offers a satellite view of the Earth.

In the last few years, Google Maps has become an indispensable tool if you want to navigate anywhere on the planet. With that being said, the developers at Google frequently update the Android app to include new features and sometimes even remove useful ones.


While most of these updates aim to make the overall experience better, sometimes these very updates cause some bugs and issues. Having said that, it looks like the latest Google Maps update is causing a massive outrage with users giving the app 1 and 2-star ratings on the Google Play Store.

Seems like Google has messed up several things since the recent update. For some, Maps is automatically changing their navigation route, while others say that navigation is stopped whenever they receive a call or try to run it in the background.


I use this everyday and generally love it… I travel a lot on a motorcycle which makes my phone not always easily accessible, this isn’t an issue until Maps changes the route i manually selected in silence. Even after I decline the route Change it will ask again just a few minutes later… no Google, I selected the southern route for a reason… in appreciate the convenience… until it’s an inconvenience.

I hate this new update. Please go back to adding the ETA on the screen. It also will not update current with traffic even though I made sure that was on the settings. We thought it was because of Android Auto, and then I turned on Google maps on my phone and it was doing the same thing. Also, it appears there is no longer an option to check quickest route versus shortest distance. Is this just a glitch or is another update coming soon?

The recent negative reviews have brought down the overall rating of the app to 3.8 stars. While Google is yet to say anything on the matter, one thing we can say for certain is that something is wrong based on the number of reports.

Moreover, it is still unclear how long Google will take to fix these issues. In the meantime, we will keep an eye out on the matter and update this article as and when required.

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My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.