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Did the Latest Google Maps Update Break Voice in Navigation?

After the last Google Maps update rolled out, we received an email here or there from users who had noticed that when using turn-by-turn navigation, that the voice was no longer saying street names. Instead, the voice was simply saying “Turn right” or “Turn left.” You can imagine how frustrating this would be for daily users who are actually looking at the road when driving, rather than at their navigation device.

We were unable to replicate the issue on any of our devices (One X or Galaxy Nexus) and have had no problems with navigation. However, after cruising through the comments in Play Store listing of the app, it’s clear that many are.

So we thought we would bring it up to ask if your Google Maps is having voice navigation issues, and if so, have you been able to fix it?

Cheers Scott!

  • Maps Voice not Working?

    Last week I thought voice stopped working,but in a completely quiet environment I could hear the voice was still speaking, although inaudible with car noise around. Found out that in the newer updated the volume of the voice is governed by the volume setting in Music. Go there, crank the volume way up, and see if that fixes silent voice problem. It did mine.

  • Mine just keeps telling me “turn right at Boughton Road..” NO MATTER WHERE I”M GOING! That’s all she says, the same thing, no matter where I’m driving too!

  • Emily Smythe

    Recently, my voice navigation has stopped working completely and even the map doesn’t like to follow me as I am driving. I’ve been looking all over for a fix, but I can’t seem to find one.

  • Greg

    I have problems for sure since the update. It’s however just the female voice switching back and forth form the old voice to the new. I’ll tell you now that it makes the old voice sounds like a chain smoking bartender.

  • Bigsike

    So I had just uninstalled the updates as a temporary fix but it now out of now where during navigaion the voice comes on and starts reading some sort of url and other random stuff! this is a huge issue and needs to be fixed immediatly it’s not only distracting but very dangerous as well.

  • Steve

    Yes, have not been getting street names for a while now on my G-Nexus Verizon. This needs to be fixed as you have to keep taking your eyes off of the road to check where you’re supposed to turn.

  • FrillArtist

    I’m using a GSM GNex Stock Android 4.0.4 and it doesn’t even talk. All I hear are beeps when it’s time to turn. No voice, no nothing. I thought it was a glitch or something at first. Tried restarting phone, clearing cache, data but to no avail. Google, please fix. Thank you.

  • Bigsike

    Since Google/Verizon refuses to address this the only fix is to go to the maps app and “uninstall updates” that will do it.


    Yes, my stock Nexus on 4.0.2 does not announce street names anymore, it only gives directions. C’mon Verizon/Google?

  • roomForImprovement

    This is the exact problem I have been having for the past couple weeks now. It’s very irritating. Mine’s a Verizon Galaxy Nexus at 4.0.2. The phone has not detected a system update yet, but hopefully it will get to me soon.

  • Jim Davis

    Just dropped in here to say that Couchon is totally awesome.

  • DrAndyRoid

    Verizon Nexus with most recent Maps update and I’m also having the same issues with Navigation not saying street names.

  • Northcoast Eer

    My Galaxy Nexus has most definitely lost the “street name” navigation since the last update. I used to marvel at how it accurately reflected that the street I lived on “turned into Salem Drive” mid street. Now, it just says “go straight and turn left.” Very disappointing…as many things have been with this $300 phone I made the mistake of purchasing. No updates in 5+ months. Random reboots. Locks up frequently. And now this.

  • Stewie

    IMM30 404, Gnex, got to test it, no issues for me. But what is up with trying voice to text here in discus, and lag just typing…

  • GuestPost

    i can also never get the tempo of the woman’s voice to change…shes alsways talking so slowly

    • DrAndyRoid

      You can change the speed of speech by going into (depending on your device it may vary, but on the Verizon Nexus it is as follows) settings>Language & input>Text-to-speech output>Speech rate

  • ntrddragn

    yup since the update. i also posted on DF on 4/30 and the response has been the same, few yes, few no.

  • marcus russell

    All good on droid razr with .75 ics leak

  • Lisa Teichmann

    Just noticed this afternoon, she said in 1000 feet, turn right and didn’t mention a street name!

  • LionStone

    Running 6.6, stock TB, runs perfect with voice giving names of streets at turns…but I usually turn off voice anyway.