“Google Now” Bluetooth Bug on iPhone

by Michael on May 1, 2013 · 0 comments

I recently updated the Google app on my iPhone and I have to say… Google Now is pretty cool. Cool enough that it’s now sitting in my launch bar. That being said, I’ve discovered an annoying bug with respect to Bluetooth integration.


To make a long story short, whenever I wake my phone or put it to sleep while the Google app is open and active, it briefly connects via Bluetooth to my car stereo similar to how the phone connects when making a call. It immediately disconnects, but it disrupts the radio or whatever else I’m listening to.

I could see how the Google app might take over the Bluetooth connection when doing a voice search (though the user should still have control over that) but that’s not what’s happening here. Rather, the idle app takes over the Bluetooth for no good reason whenever you wake the phone up or put it to sleep.

Needless to say, this is a very annoying behavior.

In fact, it’s so bad that I may stop using what has become an otherwise excellent app. Hopefully they will address this bug in a future update, though I’ve now seen reports of similar problems going all the way back to (at least) 2011. I guess I never noticed it before because the app wasn’t very useful until they added Google Now.

For the record, this is happening in a 2012 Honda CR-V.


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