Google Releases Highly Anticipated Fix for Android Auto

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Google has recently managed to fix one of the biggest annoyances in Android Auto, with the company confirming a few hours ago that users need to update their devices to receive it.
More specifically, a problem that’s been around for several months already was causing Google Assistant to no longer read the content of messages landing on the phone when Android Auto was running in a car.

While the text notification arrived correctly, prompting Google Assistant to read the message had no result, with users only being asked if they wanted to reply.

The same behavior was reported for various messaging apps, including the default app on Android devices as well as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Many believed the update to Android 11 was the culprit, as the whole thing showed up after installing this new version of the operating system.

But in an announcement released only a few hours ago, Google explains that it managed to find out what went wrong, and users just need to install the latest versions of the Google app and Android Auto. The Google app is the one powering the Google Assistant experience on Android devices.

Thanks for your feedback. The Assistant team has addressed this issue. We recommend updating your Google app and Android Auto app to the latest version to have a better experience and let us know if there’s still a problem,” a member of the Android Auto team briefly announced today.

While no specifics have been provided on the versions that users need to install to get these fixes, the latest build of the Google app is 12.10.12. The most recent Android Auto release is 6.2.

Time will tell if these updates resolve the Google Assistant struggles for everybody, with more information to be provided as more users receive the latest versions of the two apps on their Android devices.
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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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