After the latest update, Google app is error and Podcasts, Lens kept crashing, while the Google Assistant couldn’t work either. Users on Google Pixel, Samsung, and Motorola phones are all affected. This is the reason and how to fix the Google app error on Android that appeared today.
After updating the Google app to version 18.104.22.168, users find the app keeps crashing every few minutes without any indication. Since the app is also related to Lens, Discover on the left side of the home screen, and Podcasts, issues similar to “keep closing” keep on shutting down the app, while some other users experience crashes with Android Auto. Meanwhile, Assistant is also affected by this issue and cannot work for users to give voice commands.
Google Apps 12.23 launched to the stable version on June 21 after entering beta later than usual last week. It was released on a Wednesday night against the normal schedule of Monday or Tuesday. Meaning, beta testers didn’t experience these issues before and were not affected today.
How to fix Google app errors on Android phones
1. Join the Google app beta program
2. Get the new update of the Google app
Tap your avatar in Play Store > Manage apps & devices > See recent updates > Updates available > Check for updates. Click “Update”.
Downloading the beta is the least risky solution. Otherwise you have to uninstall the faulty update and reinstall the first version of Google apps built into your phone
Settings > Apps & notifications > See all > Google > Uninstall updates
Note: the above process will require you to set up Google Assistant again on your phone and the downloaded data in the Podcast will be deleted. If you choose this way, don’t update the Google app until the stable version is released as you will face the same problem again.
If you haven’t updated the Google app on Android yet, I suggest you hold off until the problem is fixed.