Kenwood Head Unit Firmware Update Confirmed to Fix Major Android Auto Problem

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The experience with Android Auto wireless is theoretically supposed to be a little bit more refined, simply because a cable is no longer required for the whole thing.
And as many of us learned the hard way, cables are often the culprit with so many problems on Android Auto, so switching to the wireless mode should resolve at least some of them.

On the other hand, this doesn’t necessarily mean everything is working exactly as planned, and as we reported earlier this year, the wireless Android Auto mode sometimes disconnects all of a sudden for no clear reason.

After some further investigation, it was discovered the problem was only experienced on Kenwood head units with support for Android Auto wireless, with Google itself confirming it reached out to this company to look into the problem.

Earlier this year, Kenwood published a head unit firmware update believed to resolve some Android Auto problems, though not a lot of specifics were shared at that point.

And now it looks like the random disconnects encountered by Android Auto wireless have indeed been resolved, with users confirming in this discussion thread on Google’s forums the occasional drops are now happening only on rare occasions.

I've had the latest Kenwood firmware installed since 11/4, driven thousands of miles, including two round trips between Phoenix and Los Angeles, and Android Auto has only dropped out twice. This for me generally means the problem has been resolved. I highly encourage everyone to update to the latest firmware for the same resolution,” one user explains.

So there you go, if you have a Kenwood head unit in your car and Android Auto wireless is acting up, make sure you install the most recent firmware version. And of course, running the most recent Android Auto release is also recommended, as it includes additional fixes and improvements for the general stability and performance regardless of the head unit.
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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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