Good News for Android Auto Users: Update 12.4 Already Available for Download

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Android Auto updates land at a miraculous pace these days, as Google has significantly accelerated the release cadence in the beta and stable channels.
The search giant has now started the Android Auto 12.4 beta rollout, only a few days after the company shipped version 12.3 to production devices.

Here's the obligatory warning before I delve into the download specifics.

Android Auto 12.4 beta is only aimed at experienced users who know what a beta build is supposed to do. Beta builds are only supposed to be used for testing, and this is why Google ships them to users who are part of its beta program. This means the likelihood of glitches in these Android Auto builds is much higher (I know, right?), so you shouldn't use them as your daily driver.

Your Android device won't be offered the update to Android Auto 12.4 beta unless it is enrolled in the testing program. Because the Android Auto beta program is full and no new applications are accepted, the only way users not registered to get preview builds can try out the update is by sideloading the APK on their devices.

The first step involves downloading the Android Auto 12.4 beta build on your device. The process should take more than a minute, but it also depends on your Internet connection speed. Once the download is completed, you must browse to the file's location and tap it to initiate the installation. If this is the first time you manually install an Android application on your device, the operating system will prompt you to grant special permissions, as Google restricts app installation to the Google Play Store by default.

When the installation is complete, you can launch Android Auto and look up the version in the settings menu. The new version should be 12.4.1427 beta.

Unfortunately, this new update is no different from Google's previous releases and comes without a changelog. This means we have no idea what is new in Android Auto 12.4 beta, and we certainly won't get an update when the update lands in the stable channel. The only way to tell if there's something notable in the update is to install the beta and dissect the build.

I installed it on my phone but noticed no substantial change. I believe the focus has been on under-the-hood refinements and polishing, so maybe some of the bugs previously reported in Android Auto might no longer be there.

If you install Android Auto 12.4 beta on your device and notice a notable change, please let me know in the comment box below. Otherwise, expect the stable build to start rolling out in only a few days through the Google Play Store.
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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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