Google Finally Confirms an Android Auto Bug Hitting Its Own Phones

The error claims Pixel isn't supported by Android Auto 1 photo
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Google’s Pixel is technically supposed to provide you with the best Android and Android Auto experience, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is working just as expected.
Some unlucky Pixel owners know this best, as Android Auto is now listed as unsupported when they connect their phones to their cars.

Android displays a message reading “this app isn’t compatible with your device anymore. Contact the developers for more info.

Of course, this is an unexpected error, not only because this is a Google Pixel we’re talking about here, but also because everything worked normally until recently. So, while Android Auto was more or less flawless on the Google Pixel, it now fails to launch completely, making it impossible to use the app when driving.

The bug was reported a few months ago, with several other users confirming on Google’s forums that the same issue affects their devices too.

Very frustrating when Google's own apps don't work with their own products. It's like someone didn't flip the switch so the updates would install on these phones,” one Google Pixel owner frustrated with the issue said on the linked forums thread.

Fortunately, Google has recently acknowledged the bug, explaining that it’s investigating. In other words, the company is now looking into the whole thing, and while an ETA as to when a fix could be provided, the good news is that a patch is already confirmed.

Thanks for all the reports. Our team is aware of this issue and currently investigating. We'll share more updates when available. Thanks!” a member of the Google Android Auto team said recently.

In the meantime, there’s really not much you can try to restore Android Auto on the Google Pixel. Uninstalling the app and reinstalling it from the Google Play Store is no longer possible because the Google Play Store itself lists the device as incompatible with the app. One workaround could be installing Android Auto using the standalone APK.
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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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