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Latest Android N build breaks Google Maps on Android Auto [Update: Fixed]

Update June 22: As promised, Google Maps has updated and once again works in Android Auto. All is now right with the world.

Put this one squarely in the "that's niche" category, but it's still a thing. Android N Developer Preview 4 keeps Google Maps from working properly in Android Auto.

Some in our forums note that it's only navigation that's not working. Others of us can't get it to properly launch at all on the head unit.

And it turns out this is a known thing. From the support and release notes:

The version of Google Maps included in Developer Preview 4 (9.30) crashes when used with Android Auto. This issue will be fixed in the next update to Google Maps (9.31), expected in the coming weeks.

So there's that. If you absolutely depend on Google Maps and Android Auto to go about your day — and you're running the Android N DP4 — it might be time to roll back. And remember that it's a developer preview.

10 Comments
  • Just noticed this last night. Kinda sucks! But that's to be expected when you live on the edge. That's right, I said it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's why it called beta. To find out what isn't working.
  • I mine works great with Honda. Maybe it's the model car or phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Interesting, what phone are you using? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Whew, thank you for the heads up. Nexus 6P
    Chevy Spark - Android Auto
  • This is why you don't run preview software on a production vehicle...:P
  • I found out about this while doing a road trip, I just updated to Beta 4, using Android Auto on a Honda Civic 2016...the new version of Andoid will not load on the Honda screen. Nexus 6P
  • They also removed the quick settings toggles which is something I use a lot. Posted via my Nexus 6P
  • Works for me Kenwood system and Nexus 6P on latest N version. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Who cares. It doesn't work on the latest approved version of Android with the latest car with the latest firmware... it still comes down to phone make and model as to whether or not it's compatible, not whether the car or phone says they're supposed to be compatible based on car make and model and Android version Posted via the Android Central App