Android Auto

Google Assistant Android Auto bug keeps the AI helper silent

Google Assistant Android Auto bug keeps the AI helper silent

If recent developments, or lack thereof, with Android Auto is any indicator, Google's thrust in the in-vehicle infotainment market might be on the decline. It promised an upgraded Android Auto experience last I/O 2019 in May but missed the deadline to roll Assistant on Android Auto properly with Android 10. If that weren't bad enough, users have started experiencing problems not only with the app itself but now with Google Assistant running on Android Auto as well.

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Android Auto for Phone Screens brings a band-aid fix to an Android 10 bug

Android Auto for Phone Screens brings a band-aid fix to an Android 10 bug

Google's grand plan for Android in cars is as clear as its grand plan for Android on TVs and wearables. Which is to say it's totally not. A few months back it promised a new chapter in the Android Auto story. Half a year later, Google accidentally broke Android Auto on phones while also delaying that promised Assistant Driving Mode. Now it's rolling out a fix to the former with a new Android Auto for Phone Screens that, for all intents and purposes, does what the disappearing Android Auto icon on Android 10 phones.

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Acura RDX Android Auto update is a free OTA download

Acura RDX Android Auto update is a free OTA download

Acura is pushing out an update to deliver Android Auto to recent RDX owners, with the luxury SUV adding support for Google's smartphone interface alongside the existing Apple CarPlay support. The upgrade is free of charge to owners, and takes advantage of the SUV's integrated cellular connection to avoid a trip to the nearest dealership.

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Android Auto Wireless expands outside Pixels, adds Samsung Galaxy phones

Android Auto Wireless expands outside Pixels, adds Samsung Galaxy phones

Android Auto is arguably one of Android's oddest official incarnations, almost like a stepchild that exists only to have a Google version of Apple CarPlay. Development of new features haven't exactly been fast-paced nor exhilarating and, worse, the rollout of features have been even slower. Take for example the wireless connection that would make Android Auto even safer to interact with. Now more than a year after it launched, the feature is finally rolling out to some phones other than the Google Pixel.

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GM just gave Android Automotive OS its biggest partner yet

GM just gave Android Automotive OS its biggest partner yet

Google has another car win under its belt, with General Motors announcing that it plans to move its infotainment system to Android Automotive OS. The deal will see GM-brand cars switch to the embedded Android system from 2021, one of the biggest names to adopt the system.

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Sony’s new CarPlay and Android Auto head-unit has a huge 9″ pop-out display

Sony’s new CarPlay and Android Auto head-unit has a huge 9″ pop-out display

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both getting a big update this year, but if your current car lacks support for either then it's Sony's new supersized touchscreen head-unit that might be more appealing. The new Sony XAV-AX8000 Media Receiver is designed to slot into a single-DIN space on your dashboard, but unfurl, Transformers-style, into something a lot more impressive.

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This is why you want the new Android Auto: Walkthrough

This is why you want the new Android Auto: Walkthrough

Android Auto is getting its biggest revamp since the phone-powered infotainment platform launched five years ago, and it's all about making interactions speedier and safer. I've been testing the new system out, and the good news is that the refreshed Android Auto might well be enough to keep you from being too jealous of new cars running Android Automotive OS.

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Android Auto gets dark mode, new nav bar and better notifications

Android Auto gets dark mode, new nav bar and better notifications

Android Auto is getting a makeover, with Google's phone-based infotainment platform promising swifter navigation and better use of increasingly large dashboard displays. Previewing the new version just ahead of its big I/O 2019 keynote, Google's updated interface also adds a dark theme for better visibility.

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Android Automotive OS hands on: Polestar 2 spills its secrets

Android Automotive OS hands on: Polestar 2 spills its secrets

A dashboard revolution is coming, and it's an upstart electric car-maker few drivers have heard of - yet - looking to upend the industry, with a judicious sprinkling of Android along for the ride. Polestar may not be a household name today, but it's riding the bleeding edge of Android Automotive OS. The Polestar 2 isn't expected to hit roads until 2020, but I had a chance for some early time with the Google-powered EV.

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Google and Polestar give apps the keys to the Android dashboard

Google and Polestar give apps the keys to the Android dashboard

Google is opening up Android Automotive OS, the dashboard-centric version of its mobile platform which will launch first on the Polestar 2 EV, to third-party media apps. Set to go live at Google I/O 2019, the company's annual developer event being held next week, the new dev tools are the first of a number of ways Google plans to bring new apps to infotainment systems.

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YouTube Music finally gets Android Auto support in latest update

YouTube Music finally gets Android Auto support in latest update

YouTube Music is finally getting support for Android Auto, joining Google Music and other audio apps already supported by the platform. With this addition, Android Auto users are able to directly access their YouTube Music content via the platform's interface using a couple taps. When launched, the YouTube Music inclusion offers recommended content, downloads, and more.

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Toyota Android Auto support finally arrives on these models

Toyota Android Auto support finally arrives on these models

It's taken a bizarrely long length of time, but Toyota is finally adding Android Auto to its cars and trucks - assuming you have the right model, that is. The automaker made the quiet announcement alongside the far more brash reveal of the 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro at the Chicago Auto Show today, with the new utility being among the first to feature Google's smartphone projection interface.

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