Android Auto Is Fantastic When It Works, Most Users Say

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We’ve known for a while the Android Auto experience needs more polishing, and the recent release of Android 11 made the whole thing even worse for some people, as it introduced additional bugs breaking down essential functionality.
Needless to say, Google itself is looking into all of these and has already promised fixes for the call issue on Android Auto and Waze no longer working correctly after the Android 11 update.

When it comes to the overall performance of Android Auto, users still have mixed feelings, yet the latest versions released on the Google Play Store do seem to further refine the app’s stability overall.

Users who turned to the store to post reviews after installing version 5.6 claim that Android Auto is fantastic when it works, and while most people do admit that certain things still need to be improved, the app is heading in the right direction.

Almost perfect. My biggest issue is with maps. It would be great to have an option to have the destination address always on the screen in a corner or something,” one user says.

Works great on Pixel 4 XL and 2019 VW,” someone else continues.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the bugs that have recently been discovered don’t need to be fixed. Phone calls, for example, no longer work for some after installing Android 11 unless the device is unlocked, while Waze sometimes freezes occasionally on smartphones updated to the latest OS version.

But the reviews published on the Google Play Store show that not everybody gets the same experience, despite at first glance using similar hardware.

Subaru + Pixel + Google Maps = Fantastic,” one Android Auto explains. Ironically, Android Auto issues in Subaru cars are nothing new, and as I told you not a long time ago, users are still struggling to find a way to get everything up and running in their cars, even with a Pixel phone.

At the end of the day, it’s very clear that the experience with Android Auto depends on a lot of factors, and while some say it all comes down to the cable, it’s actually more than that. Every little change, such as a small app bug fix, could break down an Android Auto feature, so right now, the best thing you can do is just let Google know about it and hope for Android Auto to be improved in the next update.
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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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