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Android Auto adds ability to view full contacts list

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Android Auto is meant to simplify your phone experience so that you can keep your eyes on the road, but that simplification can sometimes be taken too far. For this reason, Google is adding the ability to view your full contacts list. That means that there are now four ways to call someone while connected to Android Auto.

Previously, you could use Assistant, choose from your call lists (favorites, recently placed calls, received calls, missed calls), or manually dial the number to call someone.

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Android Auto adds ability to view full contacts list was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

KENWOOD’s five wireless Android Auto head units are now shipping

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Android Auto is handy to have in your car, but one of its main caveats is the requirement to have your phone plugged in at all times. Wireless Android Auto aims to solve that problem, and JVC and KENWOOD have collectively announced seven units that support it. KENWOOD's five units, all of which are understandably pretty pricey, are now shipping in the US.

Here are the five units, some specifications, and their MSRPs in bullet point form for easier parsing:

All five units are available at and now shipping from authorized KENWOOD retailers.

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KENWOOD's five wireless Android Auto head units are now shipping was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto wishlist: Five things Google’s infotainment system is still missing

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Google unveiled Android Auto way back at I/O in 2014, but it didn't reach vehicles until May of 2015 when Hyundai added it to the Sonata. If you looked at Android Auto from 2015 and compared it to the current version, you'd see precious few differences. Google has been slow to improve Auto, but at least we got wireless projection. That tells us Google is still working on Android Auto, but it's still missing some features we've wanted ever since we got our first glimpse at Google's infotainment platform.

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Android Auto wishlist: Five things Google's infotainment system is still missing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto Wireless is now enabled for Nexus and Pixel devices

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Android Auto's Wireless mode was rumored for months before we got official confirmation of it. JVC and Kenwood introduced a total of 7 Auto head units with Wi-Fi connectivity as an option at this year's CES, but until now even if you just got one of these new units, you couldn't use the mode as your phone wasn't ready for that. Now Google has flipped the switch: wireless mode for Android Auto is enabled on Nexus and Pixel devices.

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Android Auto Wireless is now enabled for Nexus and Pixel devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Fix coming in June] Android Auto looks ‘pixelated’ for some, but Google is on the case

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

If your Android Auto head unit looks like it's been hit by a bad case of JPEG, you aren't alone. There have been some recent reports that Android Auto-powered systems are displaying "pixelated" blocky visuals.

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[Update: Fix coming in June] Android Auto looks 'pixelated' for some, but Google is on the case was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto lists five new aftermarket hardware partners

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

A few new certified hardware partners have appeared on the Android Auto website. All five new additions are aftermarket manufacturers—they make units that are installed after vehicles are purchased.

ASUS-owned UniMax announced its certification last month, but only recently appeared on Android Auto's site. Its listing there says Android Auto is compatible with stereo model F2-AVX7MX, but we weren't able to find that model number anywhere else.

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Android Auto lists five new aftermarket hardware partners was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto v3.1 prepares to show message previews and HD graphics [APK Teardown]

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Android Auto has been making a lot of news lately with preparations for wireless projection support and recently enabling users to unlock a phone while it's connected to the car. The latest version began rolling out earlier today, and it's coming with a few smaller changes already live, plus a few clues about settings that may become available to us in the future.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • System information available by tapping on version number
  • Developer mode now shows values for multi-select settings

System info

 

If you ever run into an issue with some software, developers will often ask about some system details while they're diagnosing the problem.

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Android Auto v3.1 prepares to show message previews and HD graphics [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TIDAL is now compatible with Amazon Fire TV and Android Auto

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

TIDAL doesn't have many fans due to its high pricing and general impracticality, but perhaps today's two additions will sway you to reconsider. Jay-Z's music service now supports Amazon Fire TV and Android Auto --- an odd combo, but any additional support is good to hear about.

Most recently, TIDAL added Android TV back in December, and now support for competitor Fire TV (and Fire TV Stick) is here as well.

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TIDAL is now compatible with Amazon Fire TV and Android Auto was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Google confirms] Android Auto now allows phones to be unlocked while connected

Friday, March 16th, 2018

The Android Auto team has been known to put safety above all else. Most people agree that's the best strategy, but there have been some scenarios where users have pointed out that certain decisions may be over-reaching, or they might not account for common scenarios. One of the biggest points of contention since the launch of Android Auto has been a feature that effectively locks users out of their phones while connected to Android Auto.

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[Update: Google confirms] Android Auto now allows phones to be unlocked while connected was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

SiriusXM’s app now works with Android Auto

Monday, March 5th, 2018

For most people, using the SiriusXM Android app in their car is probably something of a corner-case. Many head units that support Android Auto are compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuners. But just in case you'd prefer to navigate by voice or get your music delivered via LTE rather than satellite, the SiriusXM app for Android now works with Android Auto. 

This latest update to 4.3.0 brings the feature, and the full changelog is included just below:

WHAT'S NEW
- We now support Android Auto!

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SiriusXM's app now works with Android Auto was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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