Google Mobile iPhone App Bluetooth Issues

Jun 13, 2011 • 9:07 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Mobile SEOIn March, Google released a major update to the Google iPhone App.

According to some reports there is a bug with the app and how it overrides the bluetooth controls of the iPhone.

A Google Mobile Help thread has confirmed reports from Google on the issue.

Googler Zeke said earlier this month:

Thanks for the reports. The team is aware of the bluetooth problem, and we're working on a fix. I'll update this thread once there's additional news. Please hang tight, and bear with us!

The issue is when your phone detects a bluetooth connection, the Google app tries to connect with it - ultimately interrupting other bluetooth connections.

One person explained his frustration:

in a recent update, the google search iphone app began connecting to the bluetooth in my car, which is extremely annoying, because (a) it interrupts whatever i'm listening to in the car. then i speak, then it searches -- but then (b) the app continues to hold the bluetooth "captive" until i quit the app. but it can take a minute or two to i find exactly what i need -- and that's time that i could be listening to my car's radio. (for me, it's usually talk radio, so i'm now missing a good chunk of the conversation or presentation.)

I am surprised I have not seen more complaints about this or experienced it myself - but I haven't.

Forum discussion at Google Mobile Help.

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09/20/2011 04:42 pm

I had some issues with mine but all works well now.


03/13/2012 12:49 pm

I have been dealing with this and it is so frustrating!!!   If I need to google in the car, than I usually just turn off my bluetooth, which is a pain when I then need to make a call.  My phone has the unlimited data plan, but my kid's phones don't.  So they always want to use my phone to look stuff up or watch a video in the car.  I haven't found anything else on the web before about this complaint.  I'm glad to see it's not just me.


09/21/2013 06:19 pm

I am experiencing the same issue now as I just upgraded to iOS7 and google search takes over the bluetooth in the car and basically starts dialing my mobile phone number


10/17/2013 02:36 pm

I just bought a brand new 2014 mazda3 yesterday and already experiencing this same issue! Is there a fix for it yet?

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