Google Officially Confirms Major Improvement for Android Auto

One of the issues that users have come across after installing Android 11 on their devices concerns Android Auto, with many people discovering that making phone calls while driving was no longer possible.
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And it was all because of a glitch that Google acknowledged last month and which has been under investigation until recently when the search giant actually found a way to resolve it.

As we already told you not a long time ago, the November 2020 security patch that was published for the Google Pixel series included a fix for the phone call problem, thus restoring the expected behavior in the car.

And now the Mountain View-based search giant has confirmed that the phone call problems on Android Auto have finally been resolved, and a patch should go live for everybody running Android 11 in the coming weeks. The timing now depends on the manufacturer of your device, but the fix should be part of the November 2020 security patch that is released to your phone.

Thanks for reporting the issue where you were unable to make a phone call on Android Auto after upgrading your phone operating system to Android 11. A fix should roll out in the coming weeks with an Android OS update. We’ll share more information when they are available,” a member of the Android Auto team said.

Is there anything you can do to receive the update faster? Not really, as it all comes down to the company that builds your device. For example, Samsung has already started rolling out the November 2020 security patch to its devices, only that the smartphones manufactured by the South Korean firm are still on Android 10. Everyone else already on Android 11 should get the new update rather sooner than later though.

Several users have confirmed that disabling the screensaver or simply unlocking their phones before making a call from Android Auto also resolves the problem temporarily.
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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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