Google Maps update fails on HTC smartphone

Recently I wanted to upgrade Google Maps on my HTC Desire running Android 2.3.3. Unfortunately the update kept failing with the following error

failed to download update…

After several attempts to restart the download process I gave up and restarted the phone and tried again – without success. Then I realized that the automatic update was enabled for this app. So, I disabled it, restarted the phone and the update process – with success!

I have reproduced this problem on a HTC Wildfire and a HTC Legend using different Android versions. It seems like the latest version of Google Maps requires the automatic update to be disabled to run the update? At least it worked this way and I have enabled the automatic update again – let’s see if it works out of the box for the next update. UPDATE: Today another update became available, so I tried my luck. Unfortunately, I had to disable the automatic update, restart the phone and run the update manually again.

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