One of the little features of Google that we probably all take for granted is the ability to easily find services near us via Maps, Assistant, Search, etc. Unfortunately, some Android Auto users have encountered a bug that meant searching for anything “near me” or “near” would return results close to users’ homes, rather than their current location. Thankfully, Google claims to have implemented a solution.
If you are one of the unfortunate users to have encountered this problem, I imagine it would be very frustrating if you are miles away from home and looking for a nearby gas station, only to see options near where you are living instead. According to this Android Auto Help thread, an assistant bug was affecting numerous users. Google Pixel and Samsung phones were mostly mentioned, but it was probably even more prevalent.
Google responded to the complaint fairly quickly, and four months later, Pawan of the Android Auto team updated the thread with news of the fix. Apparently the Assistant team has rolled out a patch to fix the problem. After updating the Google app on your phone to the latest version, you should no longer have to face this frustrating limitation.
There has been a comment from the alleged fix that suggests it still doesn’t work exactly as it should, so we’ll be keeping an eye on this in case there is still some work for Google to do. If this problem has hit you, let us know in the comments if it has been fixed.