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Not just you: Google Play Music isn’t behaving in Android Auto for some

Monday, June 12th, 2017

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A decent number of folk are flocking to Google's Product Forums after experiencing problems with Google Play Music on Android Auto. The issue doesn't seem to be confined to any one car, manufacturer, or phone, and it manifests itself via an error message when attempting to play music from Google's service. Restarting the phone fixes the problem temporarily, but users report they have to do this every time they want to use Android Auto for Play Music to work correctly.

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Not just you: Google Play Music isn't behaving in Android Auto for some was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Waze private beta on Android Auto is now live

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

One of the major omissions from Android Auto has been Waze, despite an app for Auto being promised at Google I/O 2016. Invitations for the public beta program started going out in April, and now applicants are starting to receive access.

There doesn't seem to be any major changes compared to the Android app, besides a few features being intentionally excluded (likely to reduce distractions while driving). A USB connection to your phone is required for using Waze on the head unit - a Bluetooth connection will not work.

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Waze private beta on Android Auto is now live was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Editorial: Assistant is the key to Google’s Android Automotive project

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Google spent much of the I/O 2017 keynote talking about machine learning. In fact, we heard the phrase "AI first" as a description of Google's current plans. You probably have a little sliver of Google's AI capabilities in your pocket right now—Google Assistant. There's one place in particular Google really wants Assistant to live, and that's in your car.

Voice commands in general are extremely well-suited to the car, so it should come as no surprise that Google had two Assistant-infused "Android Automotive" demos on-hand at I/O—one from Volvo (above) and another from Audi.

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Editorial: Assistant is the key to Google's Android Automotive project was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto hits eight more Kia models, with another added to the ‘coming soon’ list

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Kia's doing a decent job equipping its cars with Android Auto support, with popular models like the Soul and Forte already coming with it. Previously, eight Kias were already listed as being Android Auto-compatible. Today, though, the Android Auto site was updated to reflect that eight more Kias now support Google's in-car operating system, with an additional three on the way.

Here are the eight Kia models that were added to Android Auto's compatibility list today:

  • 2017+ Cadenza
  • 2017+ Carens
  • 2017+ Cee'd
  • 2017+ Forte5
  • 2017+ Niro
  • 2017+ Optima Plug-in Hybrid
  • 2018+ Picanto
  • 2018+ Rio

As for the 'coming soon' list, there are three models listed on the site; however, two of them were already there prior to today's update.

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Android Auto hits eight more Kia models, with another added to the 'coming soon' list was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto is now on three new 2017+ Mercedes-Benz vehicles

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Android Auto is becoming available on an increasing number of vehicles. Even if it's not as cool as the recently-announced 'Android Automotive,' it's still pretty nifty. Premium German marque Mercedes-Benz has just added support for Auto on three of its cars, starting from the 2017 model year.

Without further ado, here are the three Benzes that can now utilize Android Auto:

  • 2017+ GLS
  • 2017+ SLC
  • 2017+ SL

If you own one of these luxury cars and want to use Auto, you'll need a compatible phone (you probably have one already if you have the means to roll around in a new Benz) and live in one of these 31 countries.

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Android Auto is now on three new 2017+ Mercedes-Benz vehicles was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is building full-on Android for the car with Volvo and Audi

Monday, May 15th, 2017

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Today Google has revealed more info on their new standalone Android platform for cars. Unlike Android Auto, which just casts info from your phone onto whatever software your vehicle maker has tossed together, the new system is based on Android and brings some of the same tools Android Auto had natively. Google revealed this initiative at last year's I/O, but there hasn't been much news apart from Chrysler's concept back at CES.

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Google is building full-on Android for the car with Volvo and Audi was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Fixed in Google Maps Beta] Android Auto’s Google Maps broken on Audi’s 2017 A3s, Google and Audi are on the case

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

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Anyone who might be considering a 2017 Audi A3 on the basis of it using Android Auto might want to reexamine their options. Apparently a large number of the cars are having difficulties with the compass in Android Auto being rotated 180 degrees while the phone is connected, which interferes with navigational operations.

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[Update: Fixed in Google Maps Beta] Android Auto's Google Maps broken on Audi's 2017 A3s, Google and Audi are on the case was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto’s Google Maps broken on Audi’s 2017 A3s, Google and Audi are on the case

Friday, April 28th, 2017

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Anyone that might be considering a 2017 Audi A3 on the basis of it using Android Auto might want to reexamine their options. Apparently a large number of the cars are having difficulties with the compass in in Android Auto being rotated 180 degrees while the phone is connected, which interferes with navigational operations. Navigation does function correctly when a phone is not connected, though.

The problem was first reported last year, but Audi has not yet issued a TSB.

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Android Auto's Google Maps broken on Audi's 2017 A3s, Google and Audi are on the case was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Replying to messages in Android Auto is broken if Hangouts isn’t installed, Google is on the case

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

According to several frustrated posters on Google's product forums, the hands-free reply function built into Android Auto is broken. The feature enables users of various different messaging apps to reply to incoming messages while keeping their hands on the wheel. There is a bizarre workaround, though — make sure you have Hangouts enabled and up-to-date.

The original poster writes specifically about not being able to reply to WhatsApp and Telegram messages on his Google Pixel using the voice commands.

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Replying to messages in Android Auto is broken if Hangouts isn't installed, Google is on the case was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Several 2017 and 2018 Chevy and Vauxhall cars are getting Android Auto

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Several car manufacturers have announced their support for Android Auto recently, including Citroën and Peugeot. Chevrolet and Vauxhall are up next, with a large amount of 2017 and 2018 models from both companies receiving Android Auto.

First up, here are the newly-supported Chevy cars:

  • 2017 Aveo
  • 2017 Bolt EV
  • 2017 Colorado/S10
  • 2017 Cruze Hatchback
  • 2017 Onix
  • 2017 Prisma
  • 2017 Sonic
  • 2017 Trailblazer
  • 2017 Trax
  • 2018 Equinox
  • 2018 Traverse

And the much shorter list of Vauxhall cars:

  • 2017 Amper-e
  • 2017 Crossland X

Some of these models may already have Android Auto - sometimes Google updates the lists after the cars themselves are updated.

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Several 2017 and 2018 Chevy and Vauxhall cars are getting Android Auto was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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