Google Silently Releases Update to Fix Major Android Auto Problems

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If you’re using Android Auto on a regular basis, you probably know already that the experience with the app isn’t always the smoothest. That's mostly because of issues that show up for absolutely no reason and are not necessarily tied to the app itself.
For example, whenever Google Assistant is acting up behind the wheel, the Google app is the one to blame, as it’s the engine powering the voice commands on Android Auto too.

The most recent Google app updates released by Google silently resolve two Android Auto bugs, and both have been around for several months.

The first concerns Google’s Assistant’s capability to play the news on Android Auto. Several users discovered in the fall of 2019 that this feature no longer worked correctly when Android Auto was running on the head unit in the car. The assistant was still capable of reading the news just fine when using the phone without a connection to the vehicle, though.

The second fix is aimed at the “Sorry, I don’t understand you” answer that Google Assistant offered to some Android Auto users when trying to perform certain tasks hands-free.

This particular error was reported earlier this month, and it looks like the latest Google app update also resolves it, bringing things back to normal even when Android Auto is running.

However, it's worth knowing that an official confirmation for the two fixes does not exist, as the latest Google app update came without a changelog. However, several users who previously struggled with these issues claim that updating the Google app to the latest release resolves the struggle in their car too. Therefore, there’s a chance the Mountain View-based search giant has indeed addressed the bugs with the update.

The latest Google app version at the time of writing is 12.1.11, and you can find it on this page – this is the standalone APK installer that allows you to update the app without waiting for the new version to show up on the Google Play Store.
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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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