Ford to Release Android Auto Bug-Fixing Update in the Spring

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Using Android Auto with a wireless connection in a 2021 Ford F-150 has been quite a challenge lately, with most owners discovering that the app no longer runs despite the phone being detected when plugged into the car.
Google itself has already acknowledged the problem and promised a fix in the next Android Auto release, adding that Ford has already been informed of the whole thing, and an update is on its way.

A Ford spokesperson told us the Android Auto bug-fixing update is projected to land in the spring, with more specifics on the ETA to be shared closer to the launch date. So at first glance, it looks like it’d still take a while for the carmaker to push this update to the 2021 Ford F-150, but in the meantime, impacted customers have two other options.

The first of them is to use Android Auto with a wired connection via the USB port in their cars, as theoretically, the bug described above and hitting the 2021 Ford F-150 only affects the wireless mode. So technically, if you switch to a cable and run Android Auto wired, everything is supposed to be working correctly.

Ford, however, emphasizes that an Android Auto update fixing the whole thing is just around the corner, and the company encourages F-150 owners to install it when it goes live.

Google has already confirmed Android Auto 6.1 would resolve the 2021 F-150 wireless connection problems, but a specific ETA as to when this new version is supposed to go live hasn’t been shared. However, we already know Android Auto 6.1 is projected to launch by the end of February.

In the meantime, Ford owners are also struggling with some GPS connection problems on CarPlay. This time, the glitch doesn’t appear to be as widespread as the one on Android Auto. Neither Apple nor Ford acknowledged the GPS issues on CarPlay so far.
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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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