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Android Auto v3.0 prepares to launch Wi-Fi projection support [APK Teardown]

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Since the launch of Android Auto, drivers have been disappointed by the requirement to have their phones tethered to a cable. Not only was it inconvenient to plug in each time you got in the car, especially if you had a lot of quick stops to make, but it was also problematic when most cars didn't feed enough power through the designated port to keep phones from draining. Google finally let it slip that Wi-Fi support would be launched for Auto, and with the latest version, it looks like Google is just about ready to make it a reality.

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Android Auto v3.0 prepares to launch Wi-Fi projection support [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto adds new partnerships with Clarion, Boss Audio, Karma Automotive, and more

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Android Auto

Android Auto had a lot going for it as CES last month, but in all of the hubbub, new partnership announcements got missed. Some big names, like Clarion and Boss Audio, were added to the list over the course of the last few weeks, as well as other aftermarket OEMs and car manufacturers.

Here is a list of new current and upcoming partners:

  • Boss Audio: Aftermarket stereos (coming soon)
  • Clarion: NXV977D (launched in Japan)
  • Furion: Aftermarket stereos (coming soon)
  • Karma Automotive: 2018 Revero (launched)
  • iNav: Aftermarket stereos (coming soon)
  • Lifan: Vehicles (coming soon)
  • Macrom: M-DL9000 (launched in Italy)
  • Planet Audio: Aftermarket stereos (coming soon)
  • Prology: Aftermarket stereos (coming soon)
  • Skypine: Aftermarket stereos (coming soon)

That's a good list of new partners, especially in an international sense.

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Android Auto adds new partnerships with Clarion, Boss Audio, Karma Automotive, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Pioneer AVH-3300NEX single-DIN Android Auto head unit is just $448 ($152 off) on Amazon and Abt

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

There is no shortage of Android Auto-capable head units on the market, but as of right now, there is only one of the single-DIN variety: the Pioneer AVH-3300NEX. Considering that a lot of people are still driving around in cars with single-DIN slots, that's pretty incredible. Now you can buy an AVH-3300NEX for just $448, $152 off the MSRP, from Amazon and Abt.

The AVH-3300NEX sports a 7.0" 480p clear resistive display that folds out from the compact single-DIN body.

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[Deal Alert] Pioneer AVH-3300NEX single-DIN Android Auto head unit is just $448 ($152 off) on Amazon and Abt was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Get the JVC KW-M730BT Android Auto unit for $298.99 ($51 off) from Amazon

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Android Auto is great, but paying $400+ for decent head units (even when they're on sale!) is a bit ridiculous. If you don't mind the lack of most physical buttons, one of JVC's Android Auto-compatible units is just $298.99 right now on Amazon, $51 lower than the usual price.

The KW-M730BT is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so if you decide to switch smartphones down the road (pun intended), you won't have to buy a new unit.

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[Deal Alert] Get the JVC KW-M730BT Android Auto unit for $298.99 ($51 off) from Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google to fix Android Auto’s intermittent failure to start with February security patch

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

For a system that is meant to be used while you're in a car, Android Auto has a few too many bugs. One of the most recent ones that has arisen is Android Auto's intermittent failure to even start when you get in the car and plug your phone in. Google has addressed this issue and says that the fix will be rolling out with the next security patch.

For some, Android Auto just isn't starting at times when the user's phone is plugged into their car.

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Google to fix Android Auto's intermittent failure to start with February security patch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Play Books v4 prepares to launch audiobooks with support for casting and Android Auto [APK Teardown]

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Play Books just hit version 4 yesterday, but on the surface it looks like very little has changed. There are a couple of relatively small tweaks here and there, but it wouldn't appear to deserve a big version jump. However, this is the version that will launch audiobook support. A teardown shows that there's a ton of new functionality hiding below the surface and it's all just waiting for Google to flip the switch.

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Play Books v4 prepares to launch audiobooks with support for casting and Android Auto [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Play Books v4 prepares to launch audiobooks with support for casting and Android Auto [APK Teardown]

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Play Books just hit version 4 yesterday, but on the surface it looks like very little has changed. There are a couple of relatively small tweaks here and there, but it wouldn't appear to deserve a big version jump. However, this is the version that will launch audiobook support. A teardown shows that there's a ton of new functionality hiding below the surface and it's all just waiting for Google to flip the switch.

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Play Books v4 prepares to launch audiobooks with support for casting and Android Auto [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Play Books v4 prepares to launch audiobooks with support for casting and Android Auto [APK Teardown]

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Play Books just hit version 4 yesterday, but on the surface it looks like very little has changed. There are a couple of relatively small tweaks here and there, but it wouldn't appear to deserve a big version jump. However, this is the version that will launch audiobook support. A teardown shows that there's a ton of new functionality hiding below the surface and it's all just waiting for Google to flip the switch.

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Play Books v4 prepares to launch audiobooks with support for casting and Android Auto [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto looks ‘pixelated’ for some, but Google is on the case

Friday, January 19th, 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. Thankfully for those affected, Google is working to fix things. 

An example of the effect from Google's Product Forums

Reports are varied, with no one make/model of car or phone seeming to be implicated, and accounts cover a range of Android OS versions from Nougat 7.1 to Oreo 8.1—though a large number of affected devices are reported to be Pixels.

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Android Auto looks 'pixelated' for some, but Google is on the case was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

‘YouTubeAuto’ brings YouTube playback to your Android Auto unit

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Thanks to the recently-released unofficial 'Aauto SDK,' we've started to see more experimental apps being developed for Android Auto, like the tinyCam Beta that shows feeds from security cameras. While these apps probably won't ever show up on the Play Store, as they violate Google's Auto guidelines, they can still be useful.

The latest hacky Android Auto app is 'YouTubeAuto' by developer Kiran Kumar. As the name suggests, it allows users to watch YouTube videos from their Auto head units.

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'YouTubeAuto' brings YouTube playback to your Android Auto unit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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