Google Releases New Major Android Auto Patch as Part of Operating System Update

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Google has been quite busy lately dealing with Android Auto glitches, and now it looks like the company is shipping even more patches to make sure everything is working correctly in the car.
More specifically, the March 2021 security update for Android comes with several important updates for the Google Pixel, including a fix for an issue impacting Android Auto.

According to the official changelog shared by Google, the March update comprises, in addition to the said security improvements, a fix for “an issue causing Android Auto disconnects in certain scenarios.

While the wording is a little bit vague, Google says the problem affects the Pixel 3 and newer models, including the Pixel 5.

At the end of the day, if you have a Google Pixel that you use to run Android Auto and you previously encountered random disconnects, the whole thing should be gone, and everything is supposed to be more stable and reliable.

Google has recently resolved another Android Auto glitch hitting the Google Pixel, this time causing the phone to reboot automatically on connect.

The company explained everything was caused by a combination of bugs in Android Auto and Google Chrome, and this caused the smartphone to restart every time it was plugged into a car.

A fix has been applied for Android Auto app version 6.1 (currently rolling out in Google Play) and Chrome app version 88.0.4324.181 or higher (available in Google Play for everyone). A configuration change to the Chrome app unrelated to Android Auto caused an unexpected combination of bugs in some head units and the Android operating system,” Google explained.

The bottom line is that the experience with Android Auto and a Google Pixel has been substantially refined lately, so if you have a Google phone and use it in the car, make sure you have already installed the latest updates for Android, Android Auto, and Google Chrome.
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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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