Google Releases New Android Auto Update with Mysterious Fixes

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There’s a lot to fix about Android Auto, and every single update that Google releases is good news for users who are struggling with various problems when connecting their Android phones to the head unit in the car.
But on the other hand, Google rarely provides a changelog with these Android Auto updates, so it’s up to each and every one of us to figure out what’s new.

This seems to be the case with Android Auto 6.6 as well, as the Mountain View-based search giant has just published a new version of the app, with the rollout currently underway through the Google Play Store.

Android Auto 6.6 thus comes without release notes, though there are several things that need to be mentioned about this new update.

First and foremost, the first beta build of version 6.6 landed in early June, while an updated release received the go-ahead later the same month. So if you’ve been running these beta builds, you should already know what to expect.

The new Android Auto version, however, is 6.6.6125, and it’s a stable build that will land on all Android phones out there through the app update engine bundled with the Google Play Store.

As for what’s new in this update, Google itself has already confirmed several fixes for Android Auto, including one for a glitch causing the USB connection setting to switch to “No File Transfer. This update could therefore address this glitch, or at least, include additional polishing to make Android Auto overall more stable in this regard.

Then, version 6.6 could also include more fixes for the crashes experienced by Samsung users when unlocking their devices. A problem that’s been around for a while causes Android Auto to close unexpectedly when the Samsung phone is unlocked, with the South Korean device manufacturer itself announcing a fix for the whole thing.

So presumably, Google itself used Android Auto 6.6 to include more refinements in addition to Samsung’s fixes, yet it remains to be seen if the problem is all gone after installing the latest updates.
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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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