Google Navigation Not Saying Street NamesSupport


  1. kengreenlee

    kengreenlee New Member

    Tried using Google Navigation last night. All the voice said was "turn left" or "turn right". It did not say the street names. Anyone else have this problem? I'm running stock 4.0.2 on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

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  2. Sergio526

    Sergio526 New Member

    I'm having this same issue, did you end up finding a fix?
  3. kengreenlee

    kengreenlee New Member

    Nothing yet. If I do, I'll post here.
  4. Sergio526

    Sergio526 New Member

    Sorry, I thought your join date was your post date! So far I've cleared my Maps data (did not fix it) and I've uninstalled updates (DID fix it). So something in the latest Maps update broke it. I wish I could update to the second to latest, the release version is like going back to the stone age!
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  5. TheyCallMeBT

    TheyCallMeBT Well-Known Member

    Aw man, that sucks. I check current same device reviews whenever there's an update for most things, but for Google apps, I usually just trust that it'll be fine. I looked up reviews just now and a lot of people with the same phone said something about it-- I'm guessing it's an issue for all G'Nex phones, if not all phones.
  6. kengreenlee

    kengreenlee New Member

    I've opened Android defect 29811 to track this. Clearly, the recent Map updates breaks something. Uninstalling the updates does restore the street names but, of course, you lose some new function.
  7. Kevin-B

    Kevin-B Well-Known Member

    I discovered this bug yesterday, and spent a while rebooting, fiddling with settings, installing "SpeechSynthesis" which it turns out was not relevant, and clearing the cache on Google TTS Engine. I had to keep pulling over to the side of the road to try something new.

    No luck so far.

    This reminds me of a jam I got into on my OG droid when I installed the SVOX speech engine because I was sick of the tinny navigation voice. The SVOX voices were great, but at some point a Google Maps update rendered them inoperative, and the navigation voice reverted first to just chimes when it wanted to say something, and eventually to the "no street name" version we're experiencing now. I had to uninstall the SVOX voices on my OG Droid and lived with Nasal Nellie until I got rid of the device.

    This indicates to me that it's definitely a result of something that has changed in the speech engine. But interestingly, the new voice of Google Maps is much nicer than the one you get in the Settings > Language and Input> Text to speech output > Listen to an example. So I'm thinking that the Galaxy Nexus is using a separate speech module of some sort for navigation. I don't know where it lives, how you fix it, or what went wrong with the latest Maps to break it.

    I'm sure that the previous commenter's note about removing updates will work -- but I'd prefer not to lose the other new features. It is possible to navigate with these minimal voice prompts. I was traveling around yesterday to unfamiliar places and managed OK. So I may hang on longer to see if Google updates this thing.
  8. Mr2001

    Mr2001 New Member

    I'm having the same issue.

    Text-to-speech in Navigation seems kind of freaky... before this started, I noticed the voice randomly changing. Haven't heard that happen since it stopped saying street names.
  9. Flipper44

    Flipper44 Active Member

    Of course...an 8 hr driv and an 11 hr one with crap navigation prompts....FIX tonight Google please
  10. iron_city

    iron_city Well-Known Member

    Noticed this the other day, too. Thought I was going crazy.
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  11. john30308

    john30308 Well-Known Member

    Same here. Noticed it last night.
  12. Bateluer

    Bateluer New Member

    Me too. Stock 4.0.2 Vzw Nexus. Strongly dislike these voice prompts. Doesn't even say distances. Just Turn Left, Turn Right, Take the exit on the right.
  13. Titan

    Titan Member

    This is frustrating! I uninstalled the updates so I can get the street names back. I depend on navigation every day. This needs to be fixed soon.
  14. john30308

    john30308 Well-Known Member

    Why is it taking so long for Google to notice/fix the missing street names and distances in the Nav app? It's one of the key Droid features that made fanboys pant. It's AWFUL without that info.
  15. Kevin-B

    Kevin-B Well-Known Member

    Totally agree. Voice turn-by-turn Navigation was one of the "killer apps" that brought me to Android over iPhone in the early days. I'm very disappointed that the only way to bring it back is to uninstall updates.
  16. Crashumbc

    Crashumbc Well-Known Member

    I'm confused. I don't use NAV very often.

    what is missing exactly?
  17. Outatime

    Outatime Well-Known Member Contributor

    I use it all the time with no problem. What am I missing?
  18. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

    Yeah the last updated sucks. I miss having that. Hopefully they will get it fixed soon.
  19. john30308

    john30308 Well-Known Member

    Crash, Outatime: a week or so ago the Nav App had an update and ever since stopped verbalizing street names and some distances to turns. Were it used to say, "in a 1/4 mile, turn left on State Street"; now it just says "in a 1/4 mile, turn left" and sometimes only "turn left". In a big city with exits close to each other, the names were most helpful. You can still look down at the map and header, but no longer verbalized. Also, it seems to have stopped the advance warnings. It used to say ""in a 1/4 mile, turn left on State Street. Then, keep left". No more "Then"'s. I'm assuming it's an error, but speculation that it was easier to internationalize broader without the street names. We shall see...
  20. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

    I wish mine would say that much. Mine only says "data connection lost" everytime it is supposed to say anything
  21. TheyCallMeBT

    TheyCallMeBT Well-Known Member

    To be more specific, it was the Maps app that had the update. And the Navigation app is part of the Maps app, along with (I think) Places. Right?

    Unfortunately, I went ahead with the update without checking reviews of the newest version. I usually check that for apps that I depend on, but with it being a Google app, I just assumed that it was good.

    It is possible to revert back to the original version that came with the phone, but it's not possible to go back one version/ update.

    I hadn't heard that about the possibility of it being an intentional thing. Does the theory have any credibility? Don't non-ICS phones still have it with the update?
  22. BLD

    BLD Well-Known Member

    Weird. I just used it 2 days ago and had none of the issues you are describing. I had the most current updates as well since I updated it when it came out. I wasn't even able to see the display either since I was on the motorcycle with the phone in my pocket and bluetooth to my helmet. I was really relying on the directions too since I didn't know where I was going and it was flawless.

    Maybe it's something to do with how the update installs or what I running when the update comes down?
  23. Crashumbc

    Crashumbc Well-Known Member



    Interesting I'll play with this on the way home and report back.
  24. Outatime

    Outatime Well-Known Member Contributor

    I tested this last night and it worked as always. I'm updated to the current versions of Maps and Nav. Weird....
  25. Dubbin1

    Dubbin1 Well-Known Member

    I just tried it out and got no street names until I uninstalled the update. All I got was head east and turn right, no street names at all.

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