2023-11-27 Google Quietly Working on a Major Android Auto Feature Everybody Really Needs - autoevolution

Google Quietly Working on a Major Android Auto Feature Everybody Really Needs

One of the biggest problems with Android Auto concerns the connection. At some level, that isn’t necessarily surprising because users are trying to pair a wide variety of Android phones with a wide variety of head units.
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Needless to say, the cables they’re using aren’t always the best, and cheap cords available on the likes of eBay for just $1 are very prone to all kinds of problems, such as random disconnects and things like that.

So given that connection problems have become such a huge nightmare in the Android Auto world, Google now plans to deal with them in a pretty easy manner. The company is reportedly developing a connection troubleshooter that will help users deal with all these problems when Android Auto doesn’t run correctly.

The latest version of the app, Android Auto 6.3, comes with code for what seems to be an automatic check for USB Debugging, which can be enabled from the developer settings in the app. If the feature is on, Android Auto users might see a notification telling them the connection could be prevented.

But the more important feature that Google is quietly working on is the so-called Connectivity Troubleshooter.

Just like the troubleshooting tools bundled with Windows, the Android Auto Connectivity Troubleshooter can kick in when something isn’t working right and assist users as they’re trying to run the app properly. One of the best features of this new tool is cable detection, as the troubleshooter would be able to determine if you’re using a bad USB cord and recommend you try another one.

Without a doubt, this is a welcome update that would substantially improve the reliability and stability of Android Auto, though for now, it’s still unknown when Google wants to bring the updates to users.

Typically, it takes a while for new features to arrive in Android Auto, and given the code is hiding in the latest update, there’s a chance the company needs more time to prepare it for a production rollout.
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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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