One of the main features of Google Maps integration in Android Auto is auto launch, which basically means the navigation map can start automatically when the phone connects to the main unit.
In theory, this is something that should come in handy if you’ve used Google Maps before shutting down Android Auto, but on the other hand, it seems not everyone is a huge fan of this implementation.
And living proof is a series of posts on Google’s forums where users ask the Mountain View-based search giant to turn off this approach, claiming the company just wants to force Google Maps on them when in fact they don’t want to use the navigation app.
Some of those who don’t want Google Maps to automatically launch on Android Auto have gone for some rather extreme workarounds, ultimately disabling the navigation app entirely on their smartphones. Needless to say, that means they can’t use Google Maps on the phone anymore, either, but most are willing to compromise in exchange for a cleaner Android Auto launch.
A member of the Android Auto team revealed on the Google forums that “is the expected behavior of Android Auto,“but the company is still aware of the feature request.”We will make an announcement when the requested functionality is implemented,They added, suggesting that sooner or later Google might end up disabling Google Maps from automatically launching if that’s what users really want.
While there are ways to prevent Google Maps from automatically launching on Android Auto, several users claim that it should be blocked by default because the navigation app impacts the battery life of their phones. , sometimes affects overall performance, and last but not least, makes no sense if they don’t use the app in the first place.
It remains to be seen if Google plans to change anything in the way Google Maps launches Android Auto, but for now, the good news is that the company is already aware of the comments.