Tech Tuesday: Can You Find Me Now?

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for my Rezound has mostly been a good thing; my phone boots faster, applications load quickly, Facebook doesn’t force quit in the middle of loading pictures and the OS is a lot sexier.

But the other day, as I was trying to use Verizon Navigator – I noticed a small hiccup with the update.

Any time I attempted to load a ‘Map‘ related application (e.g. Verizon Navigator, Google Maps, Latitude, Places), my phone restart itself.  On the plus side, it’s challenged me to actually know directions instead of being super dependent on technology to lead the way.  Conversely, it’s been pretty damn frustrating because I realized I might not know Los Angeles quite as well as I thought I did.

I did some research on the interwebz and realized that this isn’t a unique issue; quite to the contrary, there have been quite a few complaints and forum threads dedicated to this very issue.

The Bug:

  • Open Map or Navigation App
  • Select Destination
  • System Reboot

The Fix:

Unfortunately, there isn’t a long term fix for this problem.  According to Google’s forums, this issue has elevated status and was given to the product development team.

In the mean time, there is a short term solution:

  • Uninstall Google Maps 6.10 and revert to old version of application (6.9 or 6.3)
  • Toggle the “Automatic Update” button
  • Go ahead and try the app again

And voilà, problem solved!

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