But as some people found out the hard way recently, the experience in this regard is not as straightforward as it may seem at first glance, as listening to a radio station in the car is much harder after updating Android Auto to a recent version.
And it’s all because Android Auto always takes over the radio and tries to start playing music through a media app, according to users struggling with the whole thing in their car.
“I have the same problem recently. Google will not allow me to listen to over the air radio for more than a couple of minutes, and then shuts it off (the car radio, whether satellite or terrestrial) and then insists that any audio I hear comes exclusively via the internet, through and controlled by and monitored by the Google Android Auto app,” one user explains.
At this point, this behavior doesn’t appear to be too widespread, so not a lot of users are impacted by the glitch. That’s the good news. The bad news is the generic workarounds that sometimes resolve Android Auto issues are useless now, and what’s more, some can’t even reinstall the app since it’s now baked into the operating system.
Google is yet to acknowledge these struggles with Android Auto, so you’d better not hold your breath for a fix. A new update for the app is supposed to land in January as version 6.0.