Android Auto Notification Nightmare Getting Worse, You’d Better Update ASAP

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Notifications are an essential part of the Android Auto experience, pretty much because they allow the driver to stay up-to-date with what’s happening on the mobile device without even touching in.
So at the end of the day, notifications are a way to reduce the distraction behind the wheel, as users no longer have to look at the phone to check for messages.

But on the other hand, it’s not a secret that Android Auto has been struggling with notifications for quite a while. And now it looks like the debut of Android 12 is making things much worse.

After several reports of broken notifications for individual apps, such as for text messaging, users are now complaining that absolutely all notifications are blocked on their mobile devices when Android Auto is running on the head unit in their cars.

A discussion thread started earlier this week (and which has since been closed by Google and marked as a duplicate) reveals notifications problems with pretty much every app, including WhatsApp, Facebook, and others.

All seem to happen on Android 12, as for some reason, the new operating system doesn’t play nice with notifications on Android Auto.

The thread points to another discussion where a community specialist says the Android Auto team is investigating the reports, though right now, no ETA for a potential fix is available.

What this means is that users who are struggling with notifications in their cars have no other option than to wait for Google to come up with a fix. Given Android 12 could be the culprit, going back to the previous OS version isn’t necessarily a job for the Average Joe. The process is very inconvenient and takes a lot of time, so right now, everybody’s waiting for Google to release a fix.

A new version of Android Auto is already available for download, and some say they have already noticed some improvements in terms of notification delivery. Google hasn’t provided any information on this front, so fingers crossed for the bug to be squashed rather sooner than later.
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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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