Android Auto Broken on Samsung Phones and Nobody Knows Why

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Samsung is currently the world’s number one smartphone manufacturer and given its devices run Android, they’re all supported by Android Auto too.
Needless to say, Samsung is one of the most popular brands when it comes to phones powering Android Auto, yet it’s also the one often blamed for the issues drivers experience behind the wheel.

For example, there are plenty of threads on Google’s forums where Samsung owners just claim the experience with Android Auto is completely broken down and nobody knows exactly what’s happening, Not even Google or Samsung, that is, and the worst of all is that no fix is on the radar.

One thread, for example, groups posts from Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra and Galaxy S10 owners, all complaining of various issues with Android Auto, including poor GPS reception and random disconnects.

I'm disabled the app I've cleared the cash I've reenabled the app I force stopped disabled the app cleared the cash cleared the data re-enabled the app tried a half a dozen different cords work sometimes it doesn't sometimes it'll stop working right in the middle of a ride. not to even touching the phone and it just stops working. I've tried a dozen cords and two of my USB outlets. My S10 plus worked fine for years so did every other phone I had period then they decided to embed it into Uconnect and it's been worthless ever since. The Android Auto icon stays gray,” one user explains.

More recently, it looks like a recent Samsung update has caused more headaches for Android Auto users, with some devices now displaying the same text notification twice when the phone is connected to the head unit.

This behavior has reportedly been introduced by the December 2020 update, and for the time being, neither Google nor Samsung acknowledged the problem, which means nobody knows exactly if a fix is supposed to be released at one point.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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