|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Daniel — Google Community Manager||7/31/12 4:09 PM|
Hello Google Maps for Android users,
We've heard that some of you are experiencing issues with the Google Maps Navigation voice. The issue may be resolved by selecting Google Text-to-speech as your preferred output engine. On your Android device, go to: Settings > Language & input > Text-to-speech output. If this does not resolve your issue, please let us know along with the following information:
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||cnanney||7/31/12 5:43 PM|
I've detailed my issue with an example on this bug report:
The problem is that the navigation voice prompts are too soft to hear when playing music at the same time, and there is no way to boost it.
In my TTS settings, Google Text-to-speech is the only option available and it is already selected. However, the Google Text-to-speech engine examples from the settings page sound much choppier/robotic than the voice used in navigation. And sometimes from within navigation I get a mix of the old-style announcements, and the newer, smooth Google Now - Jellybean sounding voice. One prompt will sound silky smooth, the next choppy and robotic. Is there a new TTS engine in Jellybean that got put into maps an update or two ago?
That said - the main issue is the volume. Please give us a way to boost it.
VZW Galaxy Nexus, 4.0.4 IMM76K, Maps 6.9.0
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|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||D-infinite||7/31/12 7:17 PM|
I'm having the same issue as Cnanney and many others.
In fact a quick web search will turn up a plethora of complaints about the loss of the ability to control voice guidance volume separately. Quite frankly the logic behind removing such a useful feature defies reason and, judging by the feedback, is universally disliked.
Not being able to hear the directions at the same time as using audio apps is not only a major inconvenience but potentially very dangerous. Because when a GPS's audio directions aren't clear it requires the drive to take his eyes off the road and look at the phone's screen.
Please make us android users safer and restore this feature.
Another issue I've run across that, to a lesser extent, is shared by other maps users is the voice becoming stuck and repeating the same set of directions regardless of location. The only thing that clears this up is to go into the applation manager and clearing the cache/data.
Samsung Galaxy SIII (SCH-1535), OS 4.0.4, Maps 6.9.0
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Tobsen086||7/31/12 10:46 PM|
The problem is just when the Google-engine is used.
This should be all collected information to: https://productforums.google.com/forum/ msg/maps/2aV4SRDPtnI/j_1NQFSQDDsJ
My problem situation:
Germany / Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250 / Google Music (or other music apps) / Google Maps 6.9.2 / Android 4.1.1 (but it was also on Android 4.0.4)
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Andrew_NR||8/2/12 12:50 AM|
Phone: Samsung Galaxy SIII running 4.0.4
Map version: 6.9.0
I have Google TTS set to English (United Kingdom) and when using Navigation the voice changes between a British male's voice and a loud American females voice at random. So pretty much the same problem as cnanney.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Gina Häußge||8/3/12 5:42 AM|
Same issue regarding the voice volume being way too low when playing music. It used to be just fine when the navigation volume had it's own mixer, now I have to decide whether I want to actually find my destination or listen to music, which really sucks.
Galaxy Nexus, Android 4.1.1, Maps 6.9.0, Poweramp 2.0.6 for music consumption, speakers connected to audio out
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||r2g||8/6/12 12:09 PM|
My Galaxy Nexus with Jellybean has Google Text-to-speech as the ONLY output engine, and the volume at max is SO SOFT it is nearly unusable. Ridiculously low.
All speaker output from all apps except perhaps speakerphone on a voice call are too low, but navigation takes the cake - it's the softest lowest volume of anything. Really inaudible except in a pristine noise-free enviornment - a car most of the times does not fit that description.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||bburn||8/6/12 1:01 PM|
Same here for me, a text to speech volume so low it's almost willing me to crash the car while using it. Google really should get on top of this. It makes their navigation dangerous.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||zxcvbnm3||8/13/12 2:18 PM|
Daniel, I hope you are still reading the replies.
I have an HTC Desire S, running Android 2.3.3 and Maps 6.9.0
I have my phone using the British female Pico-TTS, and until the last few weeks or months Android Maps Navigation used this voice just fine. Probably after the latest Maps app update Navigation has ceased to use this voice. It now uses an American Female voice and I don't think this is the one in Pico-TTS either. It seems as if Maps Navigation has now got its own voice.
As I hope you'd appreciate for a British user this is annoying because Navigation reading from a Map is one of the places you especially you want your local accent (eg British) AND Android was doing this perfectly fine before.
In Android 2.3.3 when I go to the "Text-to-speech settings" menu and click "listen to an example" it says "this is an example of speech synthesis in English with Pico" in exactly the same British Female voice that Navigation used to use (but no longer does). Please can I have it back! I don't have the same problems with Navigation volume that others are reporting.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||zxcvbnm3||8/13/12 2:31 PM|
I would like to add that here's another British Android user posting exactly the same annoyance as mine (I think he described it better):
Here's another one with the same complaint in another post on this same forum:
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||DavidOke||8/14/12 5:35 PM|
I have the same issue. I'm not sure why this isn't being addressed, it seems like an easily fixed issue. To listen to music while simultaneously using navigation, the volume on my car speakers needs to be ridiculously high in order to hear the navigation. That fixes the navigation issue, but it leaves the music playing at a very annoying level.
With normal volume for the media, the navigation directions are inaudible.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||cindych||8/16/12 5:16 PM|
Thanks for reporting your issues. It's been very helpful for us. There are a couple of different issues going on here. I'm happy to report that the new release GMM 6.10.0 should fix your voice switching issue if you currently have your text-to-speech set to en_US. Please update your Maps app and let me know if that fixes your issue.
For users who are experiencing the voice switching issue on en_GB or still have issues after you've upgraded to GMM 6.10.0. Please answer the following questions so we can do some follow-up investigation:
Answers from you will help us further investigate your issue. Thanks to everyone for their patience. I will provide updates as soon as I can.
Lastly thanks for your feedback about the volume of the voice. I will escalate that as well to our product teams.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||cnanney||8/16/12 5:48 PM|
Thanks for the update, Cindy. I updated to Maps 6.10.0 this afternoon and tested the navigation voice on the way to the dentist :(
I tested it while playing music via Google Play Music, and I'm happy to report that navigation voice prompts are definitely louder now than they were before. It seems they are now spoken at the volume the music was at before it fades, which means I can actually hear them! However, just as you are currently able to set ringtone and notification volume louder than the media volume, I believe navigation directions qualify as something you should be able to set your own volume for. Because of the nature of these notifications, it is important that you hear them exactly when they happen, not having to reach down to look at your phone if you miss it. I'd like to be able to make sure they are always spoken 10%, 20%, etc. louder than what the media volume is.
Also, the system text-to-speech sounds jank compared to the spoken voice directions in Maps. Does Maps have its own TTS engine? Maybe when the VZW Galaxy Nexus owners get some Jellybean love that buttery smooth TTS will be system-wide?
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||wxjay||8/16/12 6:55 PM|
Not only did the new update crash my phone (HTC Rezound w/ ICS) but now the Navigation ('Navigation Beta) will not interrupt my Music when it is playing (a MUST feature for someone driving around and cannot always view their phone). The 'old' Navigation version worked marvelously and interrupted my Music player when it needed to make an announcement. That is no longer working... HELP! I want to be able to interrupt music when the navigation voice notifies me of a turn like it used to do!
FYI - I 'downgraded' back to Maps 6.3 after the new update crashed my phone. But that downgrade didn't downgrade my Navigation.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Vajda Viktor||8/17/12 9:03 AM|
My phone: i5800 (galaxy 3) 2.2/ maps:6.10.0
After update, hungarian language switch english, with navigation.
Pico TTS is not hingarian language.
THX Viktor Vajda
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||knirirr||8/23/12 5:46 AM|
My device (HTC Sensation, CM9.0.0) was recently hit by the map reboot bug, so I installed an older maps version (6.9.0). I've got Ivona TTS installed (with a female voice) and working with other applications on the device, but in Navigation I hear a British male voice which is so quiet it can barely be heard over road noise. This voice does not sound like either of the samples for Google or Pico TTS.
The system language is UK English and Ivona voice is set to UK English also. I've tried clearing map data to no effect. What is needed here is to get Ivona working again, as the voice I have installed is not only louder but clearer due to the higher pitch.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||danlea||8/25/12 1:57 AM|
Street names are spoken, but all speech is in American English.
HTC Wildfire S (O2 UK) - Android Version 2.3.5, HTC Sense version 2.1.
Language and Keyboard:
Language - English (United Kingdom)
Always use my settings - Checked
Default Engine - Pico TTS
Language - English (United Kingdom)
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|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Madmaniakid||8/25/12 12:35 PM|
I'm having the same kind of issue.
I used to have a loud female voice I could clearly hear in the car with music as a decent level, now all of a sudden I have a male voice that you just about hear even with the music off.
HTC Sensation ICS 4.0.3
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Bonne||8/29/12 11:18 AM|
I have the issue where the navigation voice is US english when my settings is for UK english (used to work on previous versions).
My settings are:
Settings > Language and keyboard > Language > English (United Kingdom)
Settings > Voice Input & Output > Text-to-speech >
The "Listen to an example" gives the UK english female voice that I would like to have used with navigation
Navigating with Google maps uses a US english female voice for everything.
Phone: Google Nexus One
OS: Stock 2.3.6
Current location: US - not sure if this is relevant.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||dianaraven||8/30/12 8:39 AM|
I'm also experiencing Navigation voice issues. It's really annoying, since glancing at the screen for driving direction is not the safest way to drive. It's almost as bad as using printed directions (except you don't have to figure out where in the directions you are). Here is my info:
Motorola Razr Maxx with Android 4.0.4, current maps version (6.11.1)
Problem: After one or two directions, the navigation voice gets stuck at "Your destination will be on the right" even though my destination is still miles away (and possibly on the left). I had to turn off the spoken directions to keep from going crazy.
I hope this problem can be solved. I love the fact that I can use my phone and the maps and directions are relatively up to date, but the lack of voice directions is a problem.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Mr_Brady||8/30/12 9:50 PM|
I'm now using Maps 6.11.1 on my Verizon Galaxy S3. I've only had the repeating Nav Voice issue on this phone, and can't get rid of it unless I clear data of Maps.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Luq07||9/5/12 11:21 AM|
Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM running Android 4.1.1. My issue is I keep getting the same route instruction "Take the ramp for US 29 North" over and over again, regardless of if I'm supposed to make a left or right or u-turn. I've tried the cache clearing, that only works for a brief moment (about the first two instructions) then I get the repeated instructions. I've tried disabling Google TTS, changing languages, downloading a different language, uninstalling Maps and reinstalling the updates, and installing a third party TTS. Nothing works. My next step is a hard reset but I really don't want to do that cuz that means downloading and reinstalling all my apps and getting my screens and widgets back where they were. I'm not really feeling up to that. I really wish Google would fix this or at least notify people about how to fix it.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Mr_Brady||9/5/12 2:26 PM|
• After a day or two of use, the navigation gets stuck repeating the same (seems random) instructions. For example: "In 500 feet... In 500 feet... In 500 feet...".
• Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 (android:samsung-d2vzw-SCH_I535) / OS 4.0.4 / Maps 6.11.1 (#6110102) gmm-android-samsung
Doesn't seem to matter what ROM I'm running (stock / modified TouchWiz)
Doesn't seem to matter what options / labs / caches I have selected
Only way to fix it is to clear Maps data & cache
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||mickm38||9/6/12 6:56 AM|
Isn't it about time the English/American Voice was fixed.
Just to add a bit more info: After the suspect update I got the American voice until I got really fed up with it and tried a workround I found by browsing the net.
My phone (LG P500, Android 2.3.3, Maps 6.11.1) uses Pico TTS. I switched the names of the English GB and English US files in the pico languages directory and Navigation now speaks UK English.
Can you really believe that the Google developers have linked to the US TTS voice instead of the default TTS voice? It would be a dumb thing to do but I can't think of another explanation!
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||buck2202||9/14/12 9:02 PM|
Just repeating already mentioned issues. On JB with latest Maps, I have issues with
-voice prompts repeating themselves (in a quarter mile, in a quarter mile, in a quarter mile ...)
-For me, the voice volume is PAINFULLY LOUD compared to my music. Others complain that the voice is nearly inaudible compared to theirs. Doesn't it seem like the most reasonable solution is to just bring back the separate navigation volume feature that was removed almost a year ago? It worked perfectly then!
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Tråget||9/17/12 4:22 AM|
I have the problem with every other direction being read with the smooth female voice and then the hard robot-like male voice. It's VERY anoying.
- Language: Swedish
- TTS Language: Enlish (US)
I have never had a problem before Jelly Bean
I have no other TTS installed that I know of, so I don't get where the robotic male voice is comming from!?! =(
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||amolm78||9/17/12 6:10 AM|
Am using a HTC Sensation z710e running Android 4.0.3 and Google Maps version 6.11.1 (in India). In the Text-to-speech Engine settings under text-to-speech output I don't see an option to set the language as English(India), but for voice search I am able to set it as English(India). I want the voice navigation to have an Indian accent so the road names are pronounced properly. how do i get there?
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||padre182||9/18/12 12:31 PM|
I am having the same UK problem as zxcvbnm3. As others have mentioned, this US voice does seem to be a lot quieter than the previous GB voice - although I am not using it with music from my device, I now have to have the car stereo a lot quieter now in order to hear the instructions - and is not as clear as the original English one.
I am using a HTC Desire (T-mobile) 2.2.2 and GMM is 6.11.1
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||BH314||9/18/12 4:18 PM|
Agree with what others are saying: when using voice navigation over bluetooth with music playing over Bluetooth as well, the voice prompts are essentially inaudible. There needs to be a way to independtly adjust the navigation volume from music volume.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||videonex||9/20/12 5:18 PM|
Just downloaded complete current maps update and went for a drive. Audio issue seems to be resolved, but now at least one major street in my area is totally mis-identified. Is called by a common name for another major street in the general area but no closer than 10m miles or so away, and this street has never been known by that name. Old version was right. Point me in right direction to let someone know details. I'll keep looking meantime.
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|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||mitchum range||9/21/12 6:04 AM|
For other people (like me) that Google voice guidance suddenly 'stopped' working-
First step- Go to Music app and crank the volume way up.
I had to read this thread a couple of times before this fix sank in. Im just breaking it down for the dummies like me that need simplicity.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||tvccs||9/26/12 6:16 PM|
I've been having the same issue as mentioned above by a number of people...when using Google Nav with a Motorola Droid Pro XT610, Android Version 2.3.4, the only Pico TTS voice Google Nav will use is US English, no matter what I do to the settings. The UK voice sounds okay when demoing it in the Settings Menu, whereas the US Pico voice is robotic and almost unlistenable. The SVOX UK voices work fine (as do the US voices), but it seems silly to pay for a voice when the only use I have for it is occasionally in Google Navigation. The US voice does speak street names, but sounds like a female trying to talk through a bathtub.
I tried the languages file rename workaround mentioned earlier a few months ago, and it still defaulted to the US English voice in actuality.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||tvccs||9/26/12 6:20 PM|
I should also add I've been running all the Map updates as they have become available...am currently on 6.12.0.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Usama Ahmad||9/29/12 7:31 PM|
I rooted my sister's Samsung Galaxy S II and installed CyanogenMod 10, based on Jelly Bean. She is also running the latest version of Google Maps, which as of today is 6.12.0.
She has Google Text to Speech and Pico Text to Speech installed. With both TTS engines the volume is extremely low. This is obvious when one goes to SETTINGS > Language and Input > Text-to-speech output and tries to sample the voice engine. No matter where that voice engine is used (Google Now, Navigation), the volume is very low.
There is no way to separately increase the volume of the TTS engine, it seems.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Usama Ahmad||9/29/12 7:47 PM|
I also want to add that I tried installing SVOX which allows one to adjust the volume, I increased the volume to 400% using that engine and the sound was still muffled, but warbly. As if it was reaching an artificial limit of how loud the volume can get.
There is something wrong with the way the TTS engine is set to output volume. What's strange is my Galaxy Nexus does NOT have this problem.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||suhib88||10/1/12 10:50 AM|
i have xperia mini pro 2 with android 4.0.4 and google maps 6.12.0
my problem is no voice guidance when using google navigation service at all.
can you help please///
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Emil Lenting||10/2/12 5:09 AM|
For me, like so many, the voice of the navigation is not hard enough. I have no control over the navigation volume. I would like to have that this function returns.
Phone: Galaxy Nexus
OS: Android 4.1.1
Maps version 6.12.0
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||RollingKeg||10/2/12 3:42 PM|
The voice guidance on Google Maps for Android repeats the last known location. The only temporary fix is to clear the cache/data on Maps, but after a few days it loops again.
Google Nexus S GT-I9020A
Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 JRO03E
Google Maps 6.12.0
Google Text-to-speech Engine
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||hcoonan82||10/17/12 1:45 AM|
Okay, so I've been cranky at other developers when I should've been raising it with you, as others seem to for some time now!
I have a Samsung Galaxy SII 4G running 2.3.6 stock OS and 6.12.0 Maps..
I use MOG (music streaming app) to play music while driving and while working and while sleeping, etc etc.. I have also tried out a few different personal assistant apps, such as Vlingo, and now Robin, and it was when I experienced the same problem with Robin that I searched and found this problem has been going on FOR HOW LONG NOW??? DID SOMEONE JUST GIVE UP?
The PA apps run on the nav volume, so any time they are converting text to speech, the volume drops to zero, then fortunately most of the time goes back to whatever volume I've had my music playing at prior - so it mutes the music, but also the navigation volume as well, because in your infinite wisdom you linked the two, and any other third party app can't change the volume.. The only way I have worked around it, is to use Audio Manager and lock the volume so it can only be changed through the one app.. which means Nav is trying to talk over the music at the same volume..
Just wondering when someone was actually going to fix this?? It's hard to convince people to convert from Apple to Android if you can't even get the basics right!
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||alanbauerbach||10/22/12 2:07 PM|
I am running Google Maps v. 6.12.0 (#6120014) with Android v. 4.0.4, Kernel 3.0.8, Build IMM76D.UVLH1 on a Samsung Galaxy S II SGH-T989 on T-Mobile. Previously, when using the phone on Bluetooth in my car, music (or any audio program) was overridden by Turn-by-Turn directions from Google Navigation. I cannot say the last time this worked properly. However, as of last week, that is no longer the case. It is all but impossible to hear the navigation instructions over the audio program. As has been said repeatedly in this thread, there is no way to set the volume separately for navigation and audio programs. The suggestion above that an audio program should mute (or at least diminish in volume) when the navigation app has audio is appropriate. This should be addressed promptly. This thread suggests that the problem has been known for months. Cindy CH said that she had escalated this issue two months ago. If it has been resolved, I would like to know how to get the fix.
/s/ Alan Auerbach
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Mr_Brady||10/22/12 2:10 PM|
On my VZW Galaxy S3, I notice that whenever I boot into TWRP recovery and fix permissions, the Google Maps Navigation gets stuck in repeating the voice commands. The only way to make it work again is to clear data for Maps and re-setup my preferences / offline maps.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Mr_Brady||10/22/12 2:12 PM|
I also noticed that when I'm on a call the Navigation Voice doesn't mute or attenuate. It plays at normal level though the speaker or Bluetooth - making it nearly impossible to hear the caller. (VZW Galaxy S3)
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||cnssamurai||10/23/12 10:35 AM|
I have been experiencing an issue related to Maps Navigation where the speech no longer says street names. The only directions I get are, turn left, turn right, etc. I have attempted to change my TTS settings to Google Text-to-Speech, but that is not an option, only Pico TTS is available.
Inspire 4G/Android 2.3.7(Cyanogen Mod 7.1.0)/Maps version 6.12.0
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||gibbhill||10/26/12 12:03 PM|
Your fix - swapping the names- sounds as if it will fix my 'US voice when UK selected, using Pico TTS' problem, too. However I cannot find the Pico directory. Please can you help? Do I need to have rooted my phone? Thank you.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||mickm38||10/27/12 9:02 AM|
I'm not as sure about this fix as I was when I first posted it. It does fix the main language problem but also shows how much trouble the update caused. After swapping the files I got UK English most of the time but I don't like the voice much so I downloaded SVOX Victoria. It's a much better voice but I now get instructions in a mixture of voices. Victoria most of the time, PICO UK English part of the time and another one I don't recognise occasionally.
On my phone (LG Optimus One) the voices directory is SVOX. The files you want are in the top level. Since I installed Victoria I also have a sub-directory.
Best of luck!
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Ropetackle||11/9/12 11:22 PM|
Is there any news on a fix for the issue where I get English US voices when navigating even though everything is configured for English UK ? Feels like Google are just ignoring it.
HTC Desire/droid 2,2.2/map 6.14.1/rooted
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||CheesePlant||11/18/12 12:46 PM|
The navigation volume is still a lot lower than my music when using Bluetooth making navigation useless. Is there any sign of getting this fixed?
Phone: galaxy s3
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||hcoonan82||12/4/12 5:15 AM|
Now running Motorola RAZR HD w/ICS.. Features added to Maps. But no fix for a common problem that renders navigation useless..
Not a good look, Google..
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Kyle_M||12/5/12 9:25 PM|
I have selected Google Text-to-speech as my preferred output engine as the the Samsung TTS (which has a superior voice imho) will no longer read street names - grrrrr.
I have chosen English (United Kingdom) as the output language, but when I use Google Navigation I get some high pitched american sounding woman's voice. I just want the male British voice i used to have speaking street names :(
Samsung Galaxy SIII
Maps version 6.14.1
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Augusto Medeiros||12/10/12 8:52 AM|
Please take a look at this link. This is a huge problem, regarding the fixed volume for the navigation voice. Thanks.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Ropetackle||12/12/12 5:59 AM|
Hello Google anyone out there cooeee - will this ever get fixed ?
Suddenly Apples offering is starting to look good!
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|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||fradster||12/13/12 8:42 AM|
This is still very broken for me. I've played with all sorts of setups, but nothing seems to fix the issue. All I get is stuff like, "Head South, then turn right". No street names at all...still.
I've tried a couple different TTS engines than my default Pico. I tried setting my language and locale to UK (from US). Reboot after reboot between settings changes. Nothing works. In fact, when I change to other engines/languages, Maps Nav doesnt speak AT ALL. Even more wacky!
Phone: HTC Incredible
OS: Android 2.3.7 (CM 7.2.0 RC3)
TTS: Pico 1.0
TTS Lan: en_US
I think I read somewhere that Pico is the Google TTS, but I'm not sure. Is there a Google TTS that's different that I can get somewhere to try?
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||fradster||12/13/12 10:20 AM|
Not ideal, but I was able to fix it via another method suggested on Droid Life:
Un-install Maps (in my case completely because I'm rooted) and re-install.
Now it works like it is supposed to again! Now I know what street I am looking for instead of just guessing which street it means when it tells me to "turn left here", LOL.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Mr_Brady||12/13/12 11:15 AM|
This happens to me every time I fix permissions in either Clockwork Recovery or TWRP. The fix for this issue is to clear Google Maps data. Settings > Applications > All > Google Maps > Clear Data. Uninstalling and re-installing Google Maps also clears the data if you want to go that route.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Luq07||12/13/12 12:09 PM|
The real easy fix is to do what I did. Stop using Google Maps and Install Waze instead. Cures the volume/music issue too!
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||GW1||12/14/12 3:32 AM|
hello, my Galaxy s3 was working perfectly fine UNTIL I downloaded Jelly Bean. Amongst other small annoyances, my Google Navigation voice changed to some cheap, choppy female voice and no longer speaks street names. I now just get ' turn left in 100 meters' etc. Navigation is now close to worthless. Is there a fix? Gary
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Joe B905||12/14/12 3:51 AM|
On Tuesday, July 31, 2012 7:09:09 PM UTC-4, Daniel.M wrote:
Hello Google Maps for Android users, We've heard that some of you are experiencing issues with the Google Maps Navigation voice. The issue may be resolved by selecting Google Text-to-speech as your preferred output engine. On your Android device, go to: Settings > Language & input > Text-to-speech output. If this does not resolve your issue, please let us know along with the following information:Brief description of your issuePhone/OS version/Maps versionThank you, Daniel
Right on Daniel - This issue has plagued me for a while, and I have tried rebooting the phone (occasional solution) and checking all volume levels. The Text-to-Speech solution worked like a charm. Thanks.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Ropetackle||12/14/12 5:27 AM|
Well I have tried just about everything.
I have totally removed maps ( and associated apps) and cleaned data caches etc and re-installed and still no joy. Even though my phone has everything set to UK English I still get the annoying US English.
The fix "make sure you use Google TTS" is a no-op as it is not installed and I believe you cant get it from play store etc - or can you ?
Anyone else had any luck ?
phone : htc desire
os : Android 2.2.2
maps : 6.14.1
pico TTS : 1.0
locale : en_UK
tts : en_UK
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||James H Thomas||12/15/12 11:24 AM|
Spontaneously stopped voice directions, Google text-to-speech already selected
HTC One S, Android 4.0.3
Not playing music, not even quiet voice heard, used to work then stopped in the middle of giving a route
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||tvccs||12/15/12 12:33 PM|
I have a Motorola Droid Pro XT610 running Gingerbread 2.3.6. The option for Google Text-to-speech doesn't exist in my Settings, only Pico TTS. I can use Ivona Voice and have it work maybe 80% of the time...the only fix that's worked more consistently on my phone is SVOX, but it requires a paid voice I only use for Navigation on rare occasions. Would love to have access to the Google TTS app mentioned wayback, but haven't seen it, yet.
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Jason Christianson||12/20/12 8:57 PM|
Why is this issue not fixed? I have a razr maxx hd running jelly bean, gm version 6.14.2 and I can barely hear the nav voice even with the music volume cranked to uncomfortable levels. Makes the navigation useless.
Apple has this working just fine. I borrow my wife's iPhone when I need navigation. That's just stupid and poor support for this to still be a problem.
Yes I have gone into the setting and made sure Google text to speech is selected.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Tom Z||12/21/12 6:28 PM|
What are you using to listen to the music? I have the same phone and everything is fine.
I use Google Music, Pandora, and TuneIn Radio Pro via Blue Tooth in my car. I set the phone's volume to one step below the max and adjust the volume with my car stereo.
The audio levels are just about even between the music and navigation announcements.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Jason Christianson||12/21/12 10:57 PM|
Google play music and pandora are the two I use. Both have a dramatically higher output than the nav voice.
It did it with ics before the jelly bean update. I was hoping it would improve with the update but no luck.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||alanbauerbach||12/21/12 11:31 PM|
I know you are referring to the Razr phone, but this problem has been reported across brands. I use a Samsung Galaxy S II and finally corrected the problem by using the SAMSUNG TTS. In that mode, rather than using Google TTS, when Navigation makes an announcement, the playing audio program--regardless of source--reduces dramatically in volume and the Navigation announcement is perfectly clear. This is exactly NOT what Google recommends but it is what works.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||alanbauerbach||12/21/12 11:32 PM|
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||RambJoe||12/22/12 6:38 AM|
The not being able to make navigation louder than music issue should seriously be your first priority for this app. I can now not listen to music when driving.
This seriously needs to be fixed immediately, I can not believe it has still not been fixed. What an embarrassment to the entire Android ecosystem.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Tom Z||12/22/12 10:20 AM|
I have the exact same setup and don't experience the problem. Maybe I listen to my music too loud and that is why I can hear the navigation just fine...
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Usama Ahmad||12/22/12 10:29 AM|
TomZ, you simply don't have the problem others are experiencing.
I don't have this problem, but my sister's AT&T Galaxy S2 (i777) did AFTER I rooted her phone and put a nightly CyanogenMod 10 (Jellybean) build on it. This was weeks ago. Since Navigation volume was crazy low (no matter what TTS we set) I switched her over to the stable CM 9.1 Ice Cream Sandwich and the navigation issues were gone.
Recently I tried her on the newest CM10 nightly build (there's still no stable build for i777 CM10) and the navigation issue was resolved. (Though there was some sort of battery drain issue, so we went back to CM 9.1).
It sounds like some people, even on stock ROMs, are facing this issue after major .x upgrades. (ICS to JB, for example). I would consider looking into the following, unfortunately they all require you to ROOT and install ROMs:
Of course you shouldn't have to do any of this. But my concern is with the so many people experiencing this issue on different networks and manufacturers, and that it was at one point present in CM10, that there's something in the Jelly Bean code that's just not a priority fix because it doesn't affect enough people. IF the number of people affected were small but all with one particular model, it might've been easier to trace, I imagine.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||cnanney||12/22/12 11:09 AM|
I'd like to remind everyone who is having trouble with the navigation volume to please star this issue:
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||RambJoe||12/22/12 11:58 AM|
My problem isn't just that music is louder though. I want music to be QUIETER. When driving, I like music to be quiet in the background, then the navigation sounds to kick in louder.
This is why we need either separate volume controls, OR a reduce music volume by x% in Navigation settings (if that is possible, if not, it's you're OS, Key Lime Pie?).
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Tom Z||12/22/12 7:32 PM|
I see your point about wanting to listen to music just as a background thing. This is probably why it's working for me, I listen to music at normal levels. When I have people in the car the music level is lower and this is where it would be nice to be able to have the Navigation information at a higher volume.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Jason Christianson||12/23/12 5:44 AM|
On my phone it isn't even a "normal" level thing. I have to have the music as a level that you can barely shout over yet the voice comes through so quiet you can barely hear what is said. The music does mute, or rather dramatically reduce in volume, when the voice comes through. However, it's as if the nav voice is getting the same mute treatment. At a normal listening level where the music is low enough to have a conversation over but is loud enough to enjoy listening to you can't discern what is said by the navigation voice.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||ceb04||12/25/12 9:12 AM|
I have an issue which is not covered by these instructions.
I bought a Galaxy nexus in Switzerland, and set up Google Navigation to work. I assume that, because I bought the phone in Switzerland (where I live), there were only four languages offered to be downloaded upon first use, German, French, Italian and Spanish. (Spanish in Switzerland? Must be a Western Europe model). So I picked German and French, and got them to download fine. English was not offered.
When I switched the phone to English so that the street names in the US didn't come out so mispronounced as to be not understandable , Maps (6.14.2) and Navigation swithced to english accordingly. But, the voice guidance went silent. Switching the phone back to one of the supported and downloaded languages eventually brings back voice guidance, sometimes after multiple attempts. I have even downloaded the Pico speech package for US English, which was probably redundant, as when I switched the phone language to English, and played the sample text-to-speech output, everything worked fine.
When I look in the phone's internal memory under android/data/com.google.android.apps.maps/testdata/voice, folders for the relevant languages and locales along with the requisite .zip files are all there. There is no separate setting for the navigation voice as far as I know on the Nexus, or even for text-to-speech, as I have seen referred to Android forums concerning earlier versions of these apps.
I'd just like to set up to be able to use English when in America. I can hack a bit if I must, but I would prefer to do it in a clean and reversible way -- I'm sure that the English TTS is also simply awful when saying German street names.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Abuimran Mian||12/25/12 10:08 AM|
Hi I can't hear navigational voice prompts on my S3. I can see the map changing but there is no voice giving me trurn by turn instrauctions. I have version 6.14.2 of google maps
Also, when I am on the teh road do I require a data connection for teh turn-by-turn voice promts. It seems I need a data connection. But the Iphone 5 I have tested and I dont need to have data connection.
Can you tell me how I can fix it for the S3. It is pretty annoying when you traveling in remote places where there is no data connection. My Garmin Nuvi dies not need a data connection
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Joe B905||12/25/12 11:03 AM|
Finally I may have a partial explanation.
After setting text to speech, the problem was cured - AS LONG AS I WAS NOT IN MY CAR. It turns out that my Bluetooth connection betwen my car and my phone was causing the voice from Google maps to be missing. Next I checked the box under settings... bluetooth to enable media to bluetooth - problem solved????...not really, because, now there was no phone connection through bluetooth.
Whenever there is an active connection between my phone and Bluetooth, the map voice is gone. Perhaps this conflict at the programming level needs to be explored.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Tom Z||12/28/12 11:54 AM|
When you have your phone connected to the bluetooth media can you hear the instructions through the car speakers? You have to make sure your car stereo is on the bluetooth stereo input to hear anything from the phone(other than phone calls).
Select the bluethooth stereo input on your car and you should hear both music and Navigation through the car speakers, as long as 'media' is checked under the bluetooth settings.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||tvccs||12/28/12 1:46 PM|
One of the other issues that seems apparent with the supposed fix is that at least on my Motorola Droid Pro XT610 running Gingerbread 2.3.4., only Pico TTS is available via Google. I have another phone with ICS 4.0.4 that has Google TTS and the voice is much better...Google TTS isn't available through the Play store, nor has it been installed with any Maps updates. The only alternative voice I've found that nearly always works is the paid voice through SVOX, which sounds much better, and will also accept the UK voice in Google Navigation.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||hdiadhia871||12/29/12 3:06 AM|
There should be a way to manually select the voice language for navigation. I live in Germany and like to use my phone in English. If I start Navigation, the TTS language always reflects whatever I set as the main phone language. The setting for TTS language is ignored entirely. English voice directions are virtually useless unless you're on English roads, as the pronounciation of street names is absolutely terrible and non-understandable.
What's even worse is that even when I change my phone's language to German and then restart Navigation, the text information from which the directions are generated are still in English. So now I have English text (things like "turn onto", "merge", "continue on" etc.) being pronounced by a German voice.
Especially in Europe where people cross borders while driving quite often, there should definitely be a way to select the voice language used for pronounciation of street names. Having it all in English makes the text output useless.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Arjun K27||1/1/13 2:11 PM|
This is simply ridiculous. Is anyone from Google actually following this thread? I just moved from my iPhone 4 to the Nexus 4 and have thoroughly enjoyed my new phone except for the navigation volume issue. It makes navigation with this phone completely unusable when I am playing music. The volume is 60% of the music volume and I can barely hear the directions. It is rather dangerous since I actually need to unlock and look at the screen while driving.
I also came across this video posted by a user with the same complaint: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGJbPPjANKA#t=35m57s
I simply cannot believe that the Google developers are simply laughing at this issue. Do any of them actually use their own products on a day to day basis? Who manages these guys? How can such a trivial issue which was non existent in previous versions of Android take more than 5 months to fix???
This is simply unacceptable and it makes it very hard for me to recommend Android to my friends and relatives.
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|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||WibblyW||1/2/13 4:19 AM|
I have the OPPOSITE problem when using SVOX (Victoria voice). It's too loud when in Google navigation (and other apps). I'm using a stock Nexus 4.
There is a setting:
Within Android Settings, Lanuguage and Input... Text-to-speech output... SVOX Classic TTS settings icon... Settings for SVOX Classsic TTS... SVOX TTS Volume... This displays an SVOX TTS Volume Slider with a range that will not go below 50%
Having a simple wide ranging volume control for TTS within Google Maps/Navigation would fix all there volume issues...
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||matthew greenhalgh||1/2/13 5:56 AM|
Just to be a little annoying. Whatever changes have been made to google maps recently have worked for me. For about 12 months voice on Google Navigation hasn't worked at all when using an audio jack. It just turned down my music in anticipation of there being voice but there would be nothing. Now however it is working perfectly which is great for me.
The voice I am getting is the original android voice I had with the G1 robotic american female. I have tried other text to speech engines but google maps doesn't seem to change.
Motorola Atrix MB860
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||RahulB||1/2/13 9:28 AM|
Hello Danial and the Google Maps Team,
I am unfortunately apart of the few that are having issue with the voice. I just got my phone last month as did my brother who doesn't seem to be having any issues. The issue I have is lets say I have to turn right at street XYZ, my brothers phone will says "Turn Right at XYZ" while mine will just say "Turn Right". We both have the Samsung Galaxy S3.
My phone OS version is: 4.1.1
Google Maps version is: 6.14.2
Google Text to Speech Engine version: 4.1.2-509230
Now there is something odd that I have noticed and it is the Google Text-to-speech Engine has no option under settings besides "Open Source Licenses" while when I go to the Samsung TTS settings options there are quite a few under "General Settings".
I really hope you guys can help resolve this as I've only had the phone for about a month and the carrier wants to give me a refurbished phone which really sucks.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||padre182||1/3/13 8:42 AM|
I've given up on waiting for Google to rectify this (I posted on 18 Sep 12) and quite agree with other commentators in that it is hard to argue for Android when things like this are awry. Anyhow, I removed the maps updates (as I needed the internal ROM space - only being on 2.2.2 - next stop, rooting) and I got back to my good old Brit girl voice. As I am using Dolphin browser, I can access all of the other maps features from the website and am inclined to leave it this way for now.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||RahulB||1/3/13 9:00 AM|
To anyone that may be interested I've managed to get mine working after a lot of research, and I guess you could say confrontational conversations with my carrier and my phone manufacturer who either did not know or just didn't care enough and either presented me with "That is just the way it is" or "We will send you a refurbished phone because yours is a month old or fix it" which made no sense to me at all.
Here is the solution and I know it contradict what has been recommended but this is what I had to do to finally get my phone working and have compared with other phones that were already working and they match, if anyone from the Google team is still monitoring please jump in.
Go to Settings -> Language and Input -> Text to speech output -> Change from Google TTS to Samsung TTS. Configure as you wish. Once you've done this go to Google Maps in Application Manager also under settings and Clear the cache. Reboot your phone and give it a whirl. You must clear the cache if you want to use an address thats already listed under the navigation.
I am presently using 4.1.1 on the Galaxy S3 so the menu options may be a little different. Please reply back if this helps. I hope it does guys, all the best.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Shamus St Claire||1/3/13 10:32 AM|
I have a galaxy note 2...voice wont work in car if device is paired with blue tooth for phone calls. If radio is on. Turn off radio and it works. I see this is a known issue that hasnt been solved for ma I y months.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Shamus St Claire||1/3/13 10:53 AM|
This did not seem to work for our note 2..paired via bluetooth to our honda. Set radio to bluetooth streeming you hear either voice... try to listen to FM and use navigation...scilence
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||RahulB||1/3/13 11:11 AM|
I've noticed that in some cases on my machine as well, unfortunately the solution I found was that I had to raise the volume quite high to get it working. Also try updating your maps version, you may be on an older version and I know 6.14.2 has a lot of fixes that may help solve some of your problems.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Shamus St Claire||1/3/13 3:19 PM|
Useing lstest version
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Chris Spence||1/3/13 4:14 PM|
On Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:19:15 PM UTC, WibblyW wrote:
Hear, hear! Surely such a simple solution with such wholehearted support by thousands of users should get SOME kind of response from the Dev team or their minions? The more the apps get updated the worse they seem to get on Android...
I have wasted hours trying to find a work around so I can actually hear the voice guidance on my S5360 Galaxy Y - the built in sat nav is one of the reasons I bought the phone and I am seriously unimpressed - even more so because it is a system app so I cannot downgrade to a working earlier version!
For anyone else in my boat the best I got (for free) was to install SpeakerBoost from the Play Store and then pick a suitable boost (on mine it was 100% - just shows how ridiculously quiet the default highest media volume level is set to!)
Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread
Stock ROM with GO Launcher
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||ZionGee||1/4/13 8:32 PM|
I have HTC MyTouch Android 2.3.4 with HTC Sense 2.1, software 2.32.531.1. Maps version is 6.14.2(#6140205). Platform is gmm-HTC-glacier-HTC Glacier,
The phone uses Pico TTS as default speech engine.GPS is set to use wireless networks and satellites.
The navigation works, but displays Follow the route...Searching for GPS. There is no voice direction at all. My wife has the same phone and versions and hers works. Mine worked until I just got a new phone; the same model and software as the other.
Please suggest some other navigation apps for A
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Scott Schlegel||1/6/13 12:50 PM|
It's no panacea, but I switched my music app to PlayerPro from n7Player and it seems better. Not sure what music player you all are using.
There may be other better ones too.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Scott Schlegel||1/6/13 1:10 PM|
WinAmp seems to work too - this one actually stops the music all together to play the Navigation voice and then resumes the music. To me, this is actually preferred over just quieting the music.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Homer Helmick||1/6/13 2:53 PM|
I HAVE RECHECKED MY SETTING S AND STILL CANNOT GET VOICE GUIDANCE WITH MY GALIXY 3.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Daniel Mackin||1/7/13 6:49 PM|
I have had no functioning GPS for six months. No voice, no gps lock, nothing. I have tried every fix imaginable. It's just not working. So I'll probably switch to an iPhone.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Ruben Paramjothy||1/9/13 7:38 PM|
When I use directions or navigation, the voice guidance feature not working for my country -Malaysia. Why hasn't this been resolved for so long. It's available on the iPhone5 in Malaysia. I thought Google was supporting android more than iPhones! When an address is wrong and I tap and hold on the map, the report a problem pop up doesn't appear. Also when I want to correct an error on road no or address name, there are no options to do so. I am using the Galaxy SIII on Jellybean. Please rectify this. Thanks
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Ruben Paramjothy||1/9/13 7:40 PM|
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||jumbo_jack||1/19/13 1:04 PM|
New phone. Tried using Navigation while listening to music using Google Play Music. Voice Navigation directions do NOT mute/pause the music. It plays right over. I can hear both music and voice directions at the same time using the headphone jack.
Makes it almost impossible to understand.
Tmobile, Samsung Galaxy S2, SGH-T898, Android ver 4.04
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Ritik Prasad||1/23/13 6:10 PM|
I have a tablet and i cant find text-to-speech output
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||youeffoh||1/24/13 9:41 AM|
Thanks for your attention to so many concerns. It makes a difference! It takes a remarkable person to be able to listen to the complaint of others, without any ability to promise Revolution. It has been said that, "many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request."
My issue with the voice is a little different. I have hearing loss and the navigation voice pitch falls squarely within the region of my hearing loss. That, coupled with the low volume, makes it very difficult to use. I still haven't figured out exactly how to find and sample difference voices, or if that's even possible. But in terms of accessibility, Google is in a good place to make some changes here. It is especially important to note that being able to change the voice at will increases accessibility significantly. Unfortunately, Apple has the market advantage at this point for blind and hard of hearing users.
If I can provide more assistance on this issue, please let me know. Rehabilitation technology is what I do for a living.
Be well, and thanks again.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Paul George.1648||1/25/13 4:11 AM|
I also have the same problem, when I play very loud music, I am not able to listen to the sound output from the mobile, i don't know what to do.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||ceb04||1/25/13 4:19 AM|
Gee, this blog space seems a waste. All I see are people posting problems, and not very well described problems at that. I never see any solutions from Google.
Am I alone here, or are others getting contacted privately.
Google always make a fuss about only hiring the 'best' people, yet they put out untested, buggy software. It sort of makes you wonder.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Brian DD||1/25/13 8:27 PM|
Missing voice...randomly appears though. Plus no street names announced when a voice is available. Running maps version 6.14.2 on brand new Galaxy S3. Have deleted cache and cleared data on app and problem remains. Designated Google text-to-speech with not positive results.
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Squby||1/26/13 7:46 AM|
Just drove across London to a friend's new house for the first time and had no idea where I was going, so really needed navigation for this trip. I was playing the N7 music app in the background. For the first time ever, the voice prompts in the navigation were either silent, or barely audible, and I had no way of increasing this, as it wasn't responding to adjusting the volume using the button on the phone. This is strange, as recently I have used navigation and played music simultaneously, and not had this problem! The music suitably reduced volume accordingly, and allowed the navigation voice too speak. What has changed? Also, now, as the music fades back in after the navigation "voice" attempting to speak, a volume-levels safety warning always appears on screen. Never had this problem before either! What is going on?
Samsung Galaxy SIII. Latest OS at the time of writing.
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Squby||1/26/13 7:46 AM|
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Daniel Mackin||1/27/13 8:15 AM|
You are correct - there are no solutions being posted by Google.
I've had the problem since June of last year. I did manage to talk to someone from Google Maps on the phone (they called my work place for something unrelated) and all I got was "we're aware of the issue and are working on it. Try clearing your cache."
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Daniel Mackin||1/27/13 8:36 AM|
Hi Cindy. My voice output stopped working simultaneously with the beginning of the "searching for gps" issue others have mentioned. That being said - I'm unable to tell you if the voice feature would work until the GPS functionality is resolved.
HTC Vivid (AT&T)
Google Text to Speech engine is enabled (I'm able to hear the example clearly)
I don't see the system locale and TTS locale by following the above directions. But I'm in the US, if that's helpful.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Brian DD||2/2/13 12:28 PM|
Clearing the cache definitely does not work. Even restarting my phone is useless. Google, what are you doing?
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Dusten Barker||2/2/13 4:26 PM|
The Navigation voice is barely audible when it interrupts the music playing. Music is playing via Google Play Music v4.5.910I.560208
Google/LG Nexus 4
Google Maps v6.14.2
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||alanbauerbach||2/11/13 12:12 AM|
Through a lot of trial and error and applying "fixes" suggested here, I have found that the problem is not Android, per se, but application dependent. For testing, I used two similar music streaming services: iHeart Radio and Pandora. When iHeart is playing, the navigation voice is barely audible below the music. When Pandora is playing , the music quickly fades down, the navigation voice intones its message and the music quickly fades up. In short, it works exactly as one would expect it to.
Since the voice is audible with Pandora and not with iHeart Radio, logically the fault, in this instance, lies not with Google but with the iHeart app. In contrast, I have found no operating system or application setting options to give the expected result. The navigation voice works properly when Pandora is running whether Google or Samsung (Galaxy S II) is selected for TTS (and does not work properly when iHeart is running, regardless of the TTS setting).
/s/ Alan Auerbach
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||buck2202||2/11/13 4:28 PM|
Actually, contrary to Alan's experience, I don't think that the issue is as clear as "there are good apps and bad apps, and it's not Google's fault."
I mostly listen to rips of my own CDs that I've encoded myself and store locally on my phone. Regardless of the app that I use to play my music, the volume of the navigation voice is acceptable when I'm listening to modern or popular music with a fairly compact dynamic range (difference between loud/soft within a particular song). However, most of the time I listen to classical music.. Most classical works have HUGE dynamic ranges, and on average, I think that a classical piece at a particular device volume setting is much quieter than a modern song played at the same volume setting (again, because classical doesn't have the sort of dynamic range compression that is found in popular music...there's dynamic contrast in classical music, and the device's "volume" setting controls the _peak_ volume.)
The end result is that the navigation voice is excruciatingly loud when I listen to my classical music, regardless of the app that I'm using to play it. The only sure solution to this issue is for Google to restore the ability to control the volume of the navigation voice RELATIVE to the media volume setting. Google's assumption that "one volume fits all" is just ridiculous..there are streaming media apps and many audio genres that BY DESIGN cannot fit into the current volume adjustment framework.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||alanbauerbach||2/11/13 10:34 PM|
The question, Buck222, is not, I think whether the navigation voice volume is acceptable but, rather,whether the primary program (classical, jazz, modern, rock or whatever) diminishes in volume during the navigation announcement. The two programs should not be competing at different volumes. They should both play at approximately the same acceptable volume. However, the primary program (in this case music) should reduce its volume greatly so that the navigation announcement may be heard. As soon as the announcement is concluded, the primary program should resume its pre-set volume.
This algorithm is working properly in the Pandora app (and, presumably, others although I have no way of determining which ones) but not the iHeart app. I chose those two to test because I could play very similar music on each and listen to the results when navigation had an announcement.
The idea that each app, or at least the navigation app, should have a plus our minus volume adjustment to the system set volume is a good thought and would be a welcome update. However, even if such an option is provided, the primary program should still reduce its volume during a navigation announcement.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Anna Marie DiSalvo||2/12/13 5:31 AM|
I did it several times, but the voice is still there. Not just on my Navigation App, it talks every move I do on my phone.....
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||buck2202||2/12/13 8:53 AM|
In reply to Alan, I do agree that the intended interaction between general media is to have the music (or streaming, etc) app reduce its volume while the navigation voice is active so that they're not competing with each other. I know that there were widespread problems with that behavior a year or so ago, but I'm personally not having that issue.
My issue is that when a navigation alert occurs:
-my music dramatically reduces volume (as it should)
-the navigation voice speaks at a volume uncomfortably high compared to the level of the music that had been playing
-the navigation voice stops, my music returns to its previous (comfortable) volume
And as I said, I have this issue with my own on-device music, regardless of the media-player app... the only real difference between songs that cause this issue for me and songs that don't seems to be whether the dynamic range of a particular song is large or compact. Others have described the same behavior that I observe, but sometimes in the opposite direction (i.e. music fades or pauses, navigation voice is inaudibly low, music returns to original volume). The issue that you're describing seems to be that the iHeart app is not handling the "audio focus lost" event in an appropriate way... my media app DOES correctly deal with the event in the same way that Pandora does.
Hope that clarifies
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Tornadoes28||2/12/13 9:40 AM|
Why is this not being fixed? I have S III. No voice navigation and just keeps saying searching for gps.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Scott Schlegel||2/12/13 9:52 AM|
As of Jan 6th, I posted what I thought was the problem / solution. It looks like one other person agrees, Alan, that the problem is with the way the music app attenuates the volume and not the navigation app or droid OS. If you have different results with different apps (n7player, pandora, winamp, iheart, player pro) then it is likely the apps fault and not the OS' fault.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Joe Soper||2/13/13 9:18 AM|
I have a new Razr M and the same issue as all the others. I carefully followed your resolution instructions only to find the "text-to-speech output" was already enabled. It's unfortunate that Google has yet to address this issue with an upgrade or patch, especially given the number of complaints.
Thanks for your idea.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Michael A. Hartman||3/2/13 7:18 PM|
Same issue here. Droid DNA. Come on Google.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Joe Soper||3/3/13 4:06 AM|
I recently read on another Droid forum about "Volume Control + Pro" ($0.99) and installed it on my Razr M. It allows you to preset volume levels that override the phone e.g. speaker volume, notifications and the Navigation volume.
It solved the issues we've been discussing and I'd recommending spending the $0.99 and trying it out. I got the same email from Google that they were aware of the problem, but didn't want to wait until "h*ll froze over".
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Dastille||3/3/13 7:34 AM|
Google navigation has the old female voice again, and doesn't say street names. Just left right. Tried uninstalling the app, reinstalling, clearing voice and map caches, switching languages all over (keyboard, google, text to speech, etc. Lots of places), restarted, unplugged battery, and probably a few things I've forgotten about. Done a search and it appears others are having this issue, but it seems they only suggest what I've tried so far. Any other suggestions? Or is this a known bug?On galaxy note 2. Maps 6.14.3And os 4.1.2 if that helps.
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||alanbauerbach||3/3/13 8:05 PM|
This happened to me once. It seems to be a memory issue. I rebooted the phone and navigation went back to operating normally.
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Meredythe Hoffman||3/4/13 11:50 AM|
Yes I have a HTC 1 s and for some reason I have no voice navigation it says the voice is on but there's no voice and it is on Google text to speech search engine
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||thechidz||3/4/13 3:31 PM|
I just started getting this problem. When I am playing music via the sirius app, the navigation voice mutes and I hear nothing for voice navigation. It worked flawlessly when my galaxy s3 was on Ice Cream Sandwich but is now broken on Jelly Bean. Google maps version is 6.14.3
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||thechidz||3/4/13 4:21 PM|
Yes I agree. For me it is ONLY happening with the sirius app. My nav volume attenuates fine with other apps just doesn't work with sirius.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||penny.florence||3/5/13 1:51 AM|
Voice randomly gives directions while I am using another app, such as BeyondPod, or even when I just switch on (nexus 7 ).
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Dr4g0nf1y||3/5/13 9:33 AM|
I'm experiencing the issue with Maps 6.14.3 on a Verizon Droid Bionic. I get no voice navigation at all unless I reboot the device. I have checked the settings you describe and it they are set properly. Oddly it is immediately repaired by a reboot. I'm also experiencing a "change" in the navigation voice at times. Sometimes it's one female voice with what seem to be "canned" words and other times it seems to be a TTS reading.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||C Hassett||3/20/13 2:23 AM|
I have a workaround that's working for me. Galaxy Note II, JB (the Omega ROM with clockwork recovery and rooted). Google maps 6.14.3 As I posted in @86 I use the stock music player, so I went into the equaliser and bottomed out all the channels and the extended ones. I downloaded Audio Manager https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smartanuj.hideitpro&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5zbWFydGFudWouaGlkZWl0cHJvIl0. which turns out to be an app to hide files on the phone! The front screen that you get before going into the hide function has volume sliders that seem to work. Set Alarm 3/7, Music 14/15, Notification, Ringer and system 3/7, Voice 5/5. The car audio volume is up a lot, watch out if you cut between the phone and CD or commercial radio. Playing music and navigation over bluetooth in car (cheap cigarette lighter FM broadcast device). Bluetooth volume high (9/10) gave good music with Nav voice slightly louder than music (music stops or fades in and out for voice commands). Notifications and calls came through at reasonable level (9/10), so didn't blow speakers or my ears. Until Google get their act together this is what I'll do. Other threads on the subject: http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=15690 http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/maps/qYhKWUz7SdY[1-25-false] Google if you are listening, you could take the voice files and amplify by 400% then have the files update with the new level recordings during an update. This would sort this problem in a snap!
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|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||DavidPMay||4/10/13 6:32 AM|
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Android 4.1.1 Latest updates on both maps and Nav. Google TTS gives me a VERY LOUD beep instead of voice. So followed the instructions someone (thanks however you were, sorry too lazy to look it up again) posted on switching to the Samsung TTS. So now I have voice. BUT, just to join the many voices on here (that obviously aren't as soft as Google Nav voices) it's soooooooo quite that even on full volume I can only just hear it over the engine and road noise. Putting music on makes it totally unusable. So I've now downloaded ivanova TTS to see if that makes any difference, but I'm not holding my breath.
To anyone at Google who might eventually take the time to read this (I'm not convinced they do). I've now installed Navfree UK. As it runs on openstreetmap it's not quite as accurate and doesn't have many of the features that Google Maps/Nav do. BUT AT LEAST I CAN HEAR IT!!!.
Over to you guys.
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Nikki De Vries||4/11/13 4:00 AM|
Hoping u can help. I am new to navigation & to my galaxy s3. Can u tell me if/how I can get the voice for app thru a bluetooth headset pls
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||DJEshelman||4/16/13 10:39 AM|
Same issue, especially worse thru Bluetooth.
I've tried a few different languages but same results. Volume increases everything. Though navigation announcements mute the audio, it's so faint I usually miss the turn. I've almost had a few accidents in rental cars so this is a huge issue for me.
Galaxy Note 2 (Sprint)
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Adekay||4/22/13 12:32 AM|
I am planning a driving trip in Europe & have been using Google Mapping extensively on my Macbook. To save taking a Sat-Nav, I decided to purchase a Smartphone & use the Google Maps App. To ensure that I had no "issues" I reasoned that the Google (LG) Nexus 4 would be a wise choice. However, even with the "Turn on voice" option activated, as well as the Text-to-speech you have detailed, the voice operates only for the very first instruction & then is mute. Further to this, the 2 chimes associated with approaching a turn & at the turn, do not operate. I'm beginning to think that I've made a dumb move, & should have stuck with Apple &bought an iOS phone.
I am using the latest Android Version of Google Maps: 6.14.3 ( #6140304 ) & the latest Android Version 4.2.2.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Tom Z||4/22/13 8:05 AM|
2 chimes associated with approaching a turn & at the turn, do not operate. I'm beginning to think that I've made a dumb move, & should have stuck with Apple &bought an iOS phone
I don't think it would matter. I don't think either phone has chimes.
That is a feature people have been requesting.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||alanbauerbach||4/22/13 8:32 AM|
The issue of music drowning out navigation directions seems to have been resolved in Android 4.1.2 for the Samsung Galaxy S II. The music source now gets very quiet so that directions are clearly heard. This update is available through Kies (at least for US T-Mobile users).
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Adekay||4/22/13 6:13 PM|
Yet the chimes operate when there is no SIM card in!
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Tom Z||4/22/13 8:54 PM|
I've never tried using the phone without the SIM card. Does it no longer read the names of the streets? Maybe that's why it uses chimes instead of talking?
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Lisa Fenn||4/23/13 7:41 AM|
HI My samsung galaxy s2 is no longer giving me voice directions in navigation mode? It gives me correct route info but no voice and at bottom of screen keeps saying searching for gps. This is on software 2.33. what can i do this used to work fine. thankyou.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Adekay||4/23/13 3:03 PM|
No voice, just chimes, & map doesn't move. Now have voice, thanks to Tom Z - I've turned off Bluetooth, but would like a solution to use both.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Tom Z||4/23/13 7:40 PM|
You may be able to turn off only the Bluetooth for the audio and leave the phone on. This would allow you to receive calls through the car stereo and hear the directions through the phone.
I know I can do this with my Motorola, but my old HTC wouldn't allow me to separate the two types of Bluetooth.
Give that a try...
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Shadow Valentine||5/5/13 2:14 AM|
Using Maps 6.14.3 on a Galaxy S3 i9305, the TTS voice is always the default Google male UK voice, even after disabling Pico and Google TTS and leaving Ivona as the only option.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||David Doucette||5/10/13 10:16 AM|
I've been having issues getting Google nav to give proper directions ever since I got my Galaxy S2.
I just upgraded to and S4 and the same issues.
Google TTS will not give street names or proper directions...just "Turn left" or "Turn right".
I resolved the issue.
On the Samsung, you can download the a voice pack from the Samsung app store and change the default TTS from google to samsung.
I didn't care for the voices they had so I downloaded the SVOX engine and downloaded a voice that I liked for $3.00
Hopefully Google will get their act together and get the issue resolved.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||ceb04||5/10/13 10:47 AM|
Don't count on Google getting their act together to do anything. Has anyone ever sen any reponse from Google about *anything* posted on this forum?
I sure haven't. Since I reported my issue way back with Google navigation, the only response I got was a software update, the only result of which was to introduce new bugs, but not fix any that I knew of.
I bought a Google Galaxy Nexus, but this will be my last purchase from Google. I talked to the Samsung people at Mobile World Congress -- even they didn't respect the way that Google ran their contractural relationship to produces the GN, or the results.
Google make a big fuss about hiring the best and the brightest, but they only do schlock, at least as far as their applications are concerned.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Azuki Mame||5/14/13 7:19 PM|
how about adding a volume control button for navigation instead of grouping it in media?
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Jesse Pirocchi||5/20/13 9:39 AM|
When I select Speak Destination under Navigation, it tells me it's expecting Arabic (Jordan) rather than English. Don't know how this changed or how to change it back. I just updated Maps - didn't make a difference.
HTC Rezound/Android 4.0.3/Maps 6.14.4
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Jesse Pirocchi||5/20/13 10:11 AM|
Ok, I just found the tool to change the language back to English - still don't know how it changed to Arabic, however.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Robert Vincent||5/26/13 11:29 AM|
I am having the same problem. Seems jellybean won't allow an overide of the voice.
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|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||swatson08||5/28/13 11:17 AM|
I had the exact same issue since the JB update and once I changed the TTS to use the built in Samsung engine, it cleared up the no street names, but gave me the crappy US female voice
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Linda keller||6/7/13 4:20 AM|
My navigation system lists route but does not have voice. I did what you suggested but still no voice.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||OriginalSpike||6/11/13 9:51 AM|
I'm having an issue with the Navigation voice, sort of. My issue is that when Navigation lowers the audio from, say, Pandora Radio to tell me where to turn, there seems to be struggle for control of audio. Sometimes the sound will get quiet for several seconds before I hear the turn. Maybe 1/10 times the audio will not come back up until another notification comes in. Rebooting the phone does not alleviate that. I must receive a message of some kind or wait till the next turn. I ride motorcycles and bicycles everywhere I go, so messing with my phone while traveling is not an option. It would also be nice to once again have separate control for Navigation audio from Media audio.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Douglas Cox||7/3/13 12:32 PM|
Pandora is still nearly twice as loud as navigation directions over bluetooth. Just fix this. Jesus it's been over a year.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||ceb04||7/6/13 12:21 AM|
I put in my complaint about a year ago too. I must say, it was a lot more clearly documented than much of what I have seen since.
Notwithstanding, I received no reponse -- just a software update that broke more than it fixed. No wonder all the telecom operators are getting excited about Firefox OS. Google just leave them hanging.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||OriginalSpike||7/6/13 12:07 PM|
Just wanted to say that I recently updated my device to 4.2.2 and am still experiencing the issue with lowered audio (Pandora, Spotify) not resuming after voice navigation turns it down. THE ONLY way to fix it without wiping the device is to receive a notification. Sometimes I have to send myself a text or start navigation to anywhere just to get a notification to come in. Then my audio comes back. On occasion, this condition will be affecting my phone before I get started listening to music over bluetooth. At first the volume just seems low, but raising it to the max still doesn't make it very loud. That's when I have to send myself an SMS or some other way to make an audio notification come in. I'm on a Sony Xperia Z with stock everything and just updated. Very annoying because I rely on my phone for GPS.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Vivian Conlyn||7/7/13 5:43 PM|
When I follow your instructions I get the message "Unfortunately, Google T T S Engine has stopped." I have tried loading several other TTS engines, but none work in Google Maps. I do not have either speech input or more importantly voice directions.
I have an Android Tablet model number BC1003, Android Version 4.0.4, Baseband version 1.5rc4, Google Maps version 6.14.4 (#6140400).
Please advise how to get Google Maps to work.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Eric Tanth||7/9/13 9:56 PM|
I have a S3 phone and after following your guidance, there is still no voice guidance when I used the navigation app.
My OS : 4.1.2 and I dont know the map version.
Could you be able to advise.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||minalur||7/11/13 7:44 PM|
I am from Kerala southern state of India. In voice guidance for google navigation if the road name contains '-' (hyphen), like Pullazhy-Puthrkkara Road, the voice guidance says Pullazhy minus Putherkkara road instead of just saying Pullazhy Purthurkkara road. In maps most roads are marked like this (Origin name - destination name).
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||debbie cash||7/14/13 1:02 PM|
I have a droid bionic , can't get the turn by turn to work or voice command, can you guide me?
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Travis Nyberg||7/16/13 12:06 PM|
This is a problem for me also... I am using Google for TTS, but when using google play music and navigation at the same time, I cannot hear the voice prompts clearly when music volume is set at a comfortable level.. If i turn the media volume up enough to hear voice promps, then the music from google play music is too loud.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Travis Nyberg||7/16/13 12:15 PM|
..forgot to mention, I'm using a verizon / samsung galaxy note 2 (sch_i605) with the OS / apps updated to the most current available to me:
Google Maps: 6.14.4 (#6140400) gmm-android-samsung
Play Music: v5.0.1053J.731804
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Thangarajanc Rajan||7/19/13 12:36 PM|
worked for me thnx
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Russell Cleverly||7/20/13 2:36 PM|
My Google Maps navigation used to have a US female that was NOT robot sounding at all - very smooth. Recently I installed a few text to speech apps (really nothing special just apps that I type and a robot lady reads it out). All of a sudden my maps lady sounded like that robot lady in the app I installed. I checked my default TTS engine and the only one there is PICO and I listened to a sample and it was that robot lady. I do not see Google TTS anywhere and would really like to know how to get back the old Google Navigation voice back. Thanks
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||[email address]||7/21/13 11:59 PM|
I've never had a problem with the maps app until today. When using navigation my voice guidance is no longer working. The voice isn't muted, my volume is up, I'm not playing music or anything. I should be able to hear it even if its quiet, but there's nothing. Why did it suddenly change?
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Keith South||7/29/13 4:41 PM|
Hi, my problem with the voice, is that it "times out " after two or three minutes. So you set up the destination and it starts speaking, but once to get moving after just a few instructions, it resorts to the chimes, one for an upcoming junction and two for an action to be taken.. When I first had the Samsung 10.1 tab, Google Nav' worked perfectly straight out of the box, but a recent update wrecked it. I also have access to a Samsung 10.1 - mk 2, and this exhibits the exact same issue, but from new.
It's more frustrating as it was terrific and I'd happily had left it as it was.
Android system 4.0.4
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||EagerNovice||8/1/13 9:14 PM|
I have the same issue. Voice stopped working. I tried all the suggestions:
1. Uninstall updates. Maps installs the updates again each night.
2. Ensure that voice was enabled under navigation. Did that. Voice works once in a while but generally doesn't work at all or works for a minute or two and stops. My friends with iPhones seem to have a working voice. Makes me think about whether my next phone will be an Android or an iPhone. I love the Droid RAZR Maxx, but this is a key feature for me, and if it doesn't get fixed soon, I'll be ready to switch.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Carol Crawford||8/2/13 10:54 AM|
my navigation icon disappeared from this morning. now i dont have voice and i am driving home from buisness trip. u guys should have lft the blue triangle/ arrowhead alone . am i supposed to read the screen and drive. r u guys nuts??? taht is as stupid as texting while driving . motorola droid 4.
i have been driving around for an hour trying to see how i can reset the voice feature...an hours tacked onto a fine hour trip
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||James Canaday||8/3/13 8:32 AM|
No voice prompts in Navigation. Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 running CyanogenMod 10.1-20130801. Google Maps 7.0.2. TTS set to Google, English (United States). Navigation voice prompts NOT Muted. All volumes set to an adequate level (at least for everything else). Any help/suggestions appreciated!
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Test subj||8/3/13 12:52 PM|
Switched from Samsung voice output to Google output and it still won't say the street names.
It's been doing this far a couple versions before the fancy new update. I'm on the S4 with the ML version of system software. It's pretty bad when we have to use a friend's iphone to navigate.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||James Canaday||8/3/13 2:21 PM|
Well, for whatever reason - without changing any settings - it started working. And, it seems to be giving street names. (I'm just testing from home and, it's giving me the first street to turn on.) Maybe it was downloading the vocabulary for the first use? I don't know. But thanks for the input, Test subj.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||EagerNovice||8/3/13 5:49 PM|
James-- for me, unistalling Maps updates seems to.work but then system may update automatically at random times. I took someone's suggestion and also uninstalled updates to Google Play Music. No idea of the connection. Shame on the software folks for not testing well enough before inflicting tbis on us.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Keith South||8/4/13 8:16 AM|
Well sadly.. or not, depending on your point of view, I binned Google (not good fellas, you've now lost me as as a searcher as I've gone over to bing, and I'm in the process of moving my adsense elsewhere too... can you see the pattern). I tried out Mapfactor Navigation, and that works okay wih voices. Free maps, no wifi conection needed. The maps aren't as pretty as Google Maps, but the voice works perfectly, so I can keep my eyes where they are needed. Cheers folks, and good luck, Sorry, life is too precious to waste sorting Google issues.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||neobie_net||8/5/13 12:31 AM|
I found out "text to speech" force close error by long pressing the power button, happens when I used [Developer] Accented English !
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||sadreddin nahvi||8/7/13 12:06 PM|
Voice navigation is not working on my Samsung galaxy s3 light mobile. I did change text to voice as you advised but its still not working. My os is android 4.1.2. I can't find out what maps version I have on my mobile. Please can you tell me how to resolve this issue?
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Roger Hartman||8/7/13 5:08 PM|
If it were as simple as Settings > Language & input > Text-to-speech output set to Google, we'd probably all have it resolved by now. It's not that simple. I've had to uninstall updates to Maps multiple times because it keeps re-updating, and so what's needed is the Google software engineers to fix this, then test their fix to ensure it works before inflicting another problem on the user community. I'm going to also look for a non Google Maps app that might be better engineered and supported than Google Maps. I'm really disappointed. Navigating with my Android is one thing I do a lot, so now I need to carry a GPS set with me because I can't trust Google. If you at Google are listening or reading this at all, I assure you I'm not the only one who feels this way.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Muthu Ganesan||8/8/13 10:03 AM|
Settings > Language & input > Text-to-speech output - IS NOT THE ISSUE. The real issue is an unwanted "feature" [aka 'bug'] introduced in later versions of this Map s/w. Read ahead for the reason:
You know what I've to do every time, before I start my car? Go to Application Manager --> Choose Google Maps --> UNINSTALL UPDATES. And Voila! I can use Navigation safely and drive, listening to the directions. NO changes needed in volume control or disabling mute as a few others have alluded to . I don't have to change any other settings. Does this not confirm the goof in later versions of Google-Maps? Sorry to sound so upset; but this experience/annoyance is so frustrating.
BTW: I use Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Android 4.1.2 : Google Maps: Version 7.0.2
Previous WORKING VERSION of this s/w is: 6.14.3 .
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Mark Cansino||8/16/13 8:44 PM|
Muthu! you're awesome! The most recent update to google maps is huge step backwards. Who makes navigation software that doesn't navigate? (apparently Google). I'm glad I saw your post. Now i have navigation that works again :)
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Joe B905||8/17/13 4:44 AM|
I have stated this before and been told it is not what I am about to write......
I have had constant trouble both now with the new update and before with the old versions.
When I need to navigate with voice instructions, all I do is turn off Bluetooth, then turn on GPS on my Samsung S4 and the maps feature works fine with voice directions. I have maintained all along that there is a conflict between Bluetooth and navigation. I had the same problem with my old Motorola Bionic. Someone from Google told me this is not the issue - I maintain it is and this fix works for me every time!
I don't like the fact that I have to turn off Bluetooth, but this works! Sometimes I am able to turn Bluetooth back on after maps is working with voice, BUT turning on Bluetooth while maps is working properly does NOT work all the time and the maps program becomes unpredictable. goes to "Start" or simply gets flaky.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Samuel Ernst-Fortin||8/17/13 6:32 AM|
Well - the first thing you can do is go to the PlayStore, then go to Menu, Settings, and turn off auto-updates. When it comes to MAPS, just uninstall updates and go with the default version loaded on your phone. Then you can, if you want, update to a version just prior to V7 by going to AndroidDrawer and side-loading the Maps app.
That's what I did.
Now, to calibrate you, I use an LG Spectrum running ICS, and I stream my audio to the Sony BT radio in my car. I have one minor issue with respect to Text-To-Speech. I use a different voice than the Google Voice. I use the SVOX TTS engine, and American Grace voice.
The issue I have is this. The SVOX TTS engine or Android audio or BT, I'm not sure where, evidently there needs to be a bit of time for the audio channel to get ready because a tiny bit of the TTS being ennunciated by navigation is clipped otherwise, and I only hear the last part of the direction.
My work-around is to also stream audio from TuneIn or Pandora to BT while doing nav, that way the audio channel remains active and no part of the directions ennunciated via TTS is clipped.
Now then, my recommendation (as an experiment for you guys/gals) with TTS Nav in Maps 6.X (forget 7.x, it wouldn't use my customized TTS SVOX engine) is two-fold:
1). Before you start NAV, stream audio to your BT system via TuneIn, or Pandora, or some other source. See if that circumvents the issue.
2). If (1) doesn't fix, try installing the SVOX TTS engine and a voice like Gracie or another of your preference (I know this might cost you something to try it).
If neither works, I really think your issue lies with SAMSUNG and the drivers they use in their phones. Honestly, my LG works very nice in this regard. In fact the voice and audio coordination are just stellar in V6.x of MAPS. I couldn't live without it. As a direction comes in, the music is de-emphasized, and the direction is clearly ennunciated, and as the direction finishes, the music comes back up. Simply great.
And oh yes, in V6.x of MAPs, at least with my Sony BT radio, it switches right over to an incomming call if I get one, and when I'm done with the call, back to the music and NAV directions.
I hope this user's experience helps you. Good luck.
And to the Google developers: please "fork" your MAPS product into two distinct products (one MAPS classic) and allow those that rely on it to continue to use it. Without it (or if I were stuck with V7 of MAPS), I'd simply be "lost" as the saying goes.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||VenJa||8/20/13 7:37 PM|
Have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and Maps has always worked fine in the past. Now I can not get any voice directions which kind of makes it useless. I have checked my text- to-speech settings (as outlined in your post) and they are correct. I have also tried updating maps to latest version. Any other ideas?
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Andy Pebworth||8/20/13 10:58 PM|
I have the exact opposite problem the navigation voice is way too loud compared to music
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||veteran011||8/27/13 12:36 PM|
I have just recently started using my device for music playing in the car and unfortunately I'm having a similar issue to everyone in here. When my device is playing music (whether its plugged into the aux input or streaming over bluetooth) I cannot hear the turn-by-turn navigation instructions due to the music not pausing or fading out. From reading through this thread it seems as though everyone else at least is able to get the music to fade out/pause. Can someone help me to at least get the music to pause for the navigation? I have poked around in the phone's sound settings, the settings of the music app and the nav app but nothing seems to have any effect. On my way home today I will try to use Google's Play Music app (ver 5.1.1109K.772337) instead of MotoCast and see if that has any effect (I don't expect it will).
Device: Droid 4
OS: Android 4.1.2
Music App: MotoCast (Ver 2.0.78)
Nav App: Google Maps (Ver 7.0.2)
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||timgray.gplus||8/30/13 7:48 AM|
Android needs a way to make TTS speech a LOT louder it needs to be boosted by at least 6 to 12 DB.
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||ellieah||8/30/13 4:21 PM|
Hi, I know this is an old post but I cannot seem to get voice on my maps navigation. I'm using galaxy s2 and have latest updates for Google maps and text to speech on. I even uni stalled updates for maps to see if that helps but it doesn't.
Is there a way to resolve this issue yet? This problem is rendering my navigation impossible as I can't drive and see the screen!
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||EagerNovice||8/31/13 10:34 AM|
Someone said some time ago that the issue is related to Bluetooth, and I think that's right. If I turn Bluetooth off, I get voice directions just fine, but then I lose my direct dial and answer through my car's radio via Bluetooth. My solution is to select the Bluetooth option on my radio and listen to the stations I want to via iHeartRadio. That way I get my voice directions and I can listen to the radio as well as make and receive calls hands free.
It doesn't matter if I use Google Maps or MapQuest or... The problem is Bluetooth, and congrats to the person who diagnosed it. I'd like the wizards at Google to fix the Android system so that this works like it did previously. I should be able to select Radio as my input and still get voice directions, or perhaps to be fair the problem is with the way my car radio works. At any rate, that's a work-around.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Mark Harfouche||9/3/13 2:55 PM|
I just want to make some noise about the Navigation volume. It is still ridiculously low compared to the music volume. This makes it VERY difficult to hear directions especially WHILE driving on freeways.
Honestly, any Google employee could confirm this if they actually spend the time in their car testing this out. It is rather difficult testing this in an office environment since everything is quiet anyway.
Map features are a major selling point for a phone, but if this issue is still unresolved, how are you supposed to recommend a google phone to any of your friends?
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Thomas Hoopengardner||9/5/13 10:50 AM|
I invoke Navigation and it works fine as long as I type the destination. If I hit the mic icon in order to speak the destination, the error message is "Unfortunately, Maps has stopped" and I'm kicked off. Everything I can think of is set as it should be, including Google text-to-speech output. I'm running Maps 6.14.2.
This is particularly frustrating because a friend has an identical Samsung Galaxy Nexus, identical OS, and identical settings. His works perfectly. We could not find any difference between the two phones.
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||ralphfelo||9/9/13 1:37 PM|
on Acura TL 2011 TRIED YOUR SUGGESTION OF SETTING GOOGLE TXT TO SPEECH BUT NEITHER TXT TO SPEECH OR MAPS PRODUCE SOUND ON CAR AUDIO. WORKS FINE WITH BLUETOOTH DISABLE. ANY IDEAS?
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||toasterkms||9/14/13 3:41 PM|
Any solution for the iPhone?
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||toasterkms||9/14/13 3:42 PM|
and I have iphone 5
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||ramvanwin||9/21/13 7:39 PM|
I'd just like to say I'm having the same problem re: volume. I remember I used to be able to control the volume of audio apps and navigation separately.
I will say, sometimes it is perfectly audible and sometimes far far too quiet. I'm not sure how that happens or why but it is supremely frustrating / dangerous.
If read the first couple of pages of this thread and the last two but can't see a solution --
if there is one which I've missed, please let me know. Thanks, Ryan
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||EagerNovice||9/22/13 7:15 AM|
Such an irritating problem. One in this string diagnosed the issue as being Bluetooth, and for me, that's pretty much solved it. I can't shed any light on why navigation voice prompts' volume is different than other volumes, but the ONLY way I can get voice prompts from navigation, and it doesn't matter if I'm using Google Maps or Mapquest, is to use the Bluetooth input on my after-market radio. That eliminates being able to listen to the radio and have voice prompts, so I use Pandora or iHeartradio which play through the Bluetooth when I need nav to speak to me. It's not ideal but it's a work around. I think the solution is ultimately in Google's hands to fix the system, but there doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency for them to do so. I haven't followed this to know if the iPhone has the same problem. If so, maybe I need to rethink my slap at Google. Good luck.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||plumfish||9/28/13 9:34 AM|
All settings were already correct. The voice started then stopped. When I'm driving there is no voice navigation.
Are folks going to fix this bug?? I can't look at directions while I'm driving, completely illegal & dangerous.
How could you let a bug like this continue???
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Grebzog||10/5/13 11:05 PM|
More than a year and still no solution... What's Google doing ?
Same issue as everybody else : voice (French) is inaudible if music's playing.
Samsung Galaxy SIII
Google Maps 7.2.0 (#702001403)
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Prince Amadi Nwosu-Stevens||10/23/13 1:28 PM|
hey i don't see Google tts as an option in my phone. i have the new galaxy note 3 and that Samsung thing is driving me insane
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||ubiquist||10/27/13 7:39 AM|
Same problem. No fix. Anyone found a solution?
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||ubiquist||10/27/13 7:40 AM|
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||bStreet72||11/1/13 9:35 PM|
I have the same trouble with low volume of Google Maps turn by turn directions volume level being much lower than other media source (music, pandora, lastfm, etc.) that is currently being played. The connection method does not matter, same via bluetooth or 3.5mm jack. I do not have this issue using alternate navigation apps such as Sygic or Waze. I am set for Google TTS.
Samsung GNote2/JB4.1.2/Maps 7.3.0
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||nannieldf||11/3/13 2:19 PM|
I hav tried what you suggested but I still cannot get any voice for google maps
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||carolina hohagen||11/4/13 7:54 PM|
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||__NV__||11/10/13 12:56 PM|
LgG2 Verizon Android 4.2.2 failure on volume level. How can this not already be fixed?
Switched multiple times between tts providers, none of them work because the problem is with Google maps.
|Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Sibabalwe Timakwe||11/11/13 3:43 AM|
Hellow please help my navigator has just disappeared I only have google maps now I cnt look at the map while I am driving I need voice navigation I usedvit before and I believe it came out with my tab please help me getvit back. I am using Samsung galaxy tab 10.1
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||Robert Swedroe||11/17/13 8:17 AM|
I had the similar issue:
* I had an acceptable voice since I purchased my Galaxy S4.
* A few weeks ago, after I upgraded to the latest Android OS, it switched to a much improved voice. The quality was incredible. The only issue I had was the voice was a little too sexy; it was somewhat comical, especially with my wife in the car.
* Last week it switched to a completely unacceptable robotic voice.
* I just downloaded a new HD TTS engine from Samsung; it was released in early Nov. I switched the TTS engine from Google to Samsung and then rebooted my phone.
* Much improved.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||EagerNovice||11/17/13 8:57 AM|
Navigation is now part of Google Maps. After Maps finds the location, at the bottom right (of my screen) is a little car icon with the time to get there. Tough the car icon and the display will show a map and a "Start navigation" button. Touch that and you'll get the Navigation display you're used to seeing.
The voice issue is Bluetooth-caused. Someone else identified that. If you have a way to connect to Bluetooth on your car audio system, try that. That's how I get voice instructions. I have to listen to the radio using Pandora or iHeart Radio, but it's a solution, or a work-around.
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||motopuppy||11/27/13 2:33 PM|
I am amazed at how many people are having the same issue as me with extremely low volume for navigation when playing music, and also amazed/disgusted that Google does not address this or even respond. Actually, all the output volumes are way too low, even music, but navigation volume much lower than the music. When listening to music I have to turn the volume higher when plugged in to aux than when listening to the radio. When I switch from aux to back to radio the sound is blaring until I can turn it back down. As far as I can tell I have all the sound level settings already maxxed out on the phone (Galaxy Note 2). Whats the deal with all this? Very aggravating, especially after making the switch from iphone. HELLO...is anybody at Google listening?!?!
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||motopuppy||11/27/13 2:33 PM|
|Re: Experiencing a Navigation Voice Issue? Read this.||EagerNovice||11/28/13 8:29 AM|
The same question has been asked over and over again. To be fair, I can't tell if it's a Google issue or a Bluetooth deal. I've found my workaround: I listen to the radio (Pandora and iHeart for example) and music (Doubletwist) via Bluetooth when I need to use Maps, and then it works. Same if I use MapQuest or other, which is why I don't know if it's a Google issue or not. At any rate, Happy Thanksgiving, all!