Super-Popular Texting App Suddenly Broken Down on Android Auto

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Pulse SMS, one of the most popular texting apps on Android, is no longer working on Android Auto for a reason that’s yet to be determined, with users claiming it all started after a recent update.
More specifically, users on Google’s forums explain that everything worked correctly until earlier this week, when the Google Assistant listed the app as unsupported.

Someone speculates that the culprit could be a recent update to the Google app, pointing out that while Pulse SMS still shows up on the Android Auto home screen, it can’t be launched.

Yesterday, it was working just fine in Android auto, this morning the Google assistant is suddenly telling me that the app is not compatible. I updated the Google application (NOT the Google Assistant app) yesterday evening. I can't help but feel that this update is the reason the texting app is suddenly considered incompatible. Pulse is still showing up on the Android auto home screen,” one user explains.

Several others have confirmed the same issue exists on their devices, and for now, it looks like it’s not related in any way to specific car models or phone brands.

Google claims it’s currently investigating the issue, but for the time being, there’s still no word about a potential fix or anything like that.

Thanks for reaching out. We forwarded the issue to the rest of the team. We'll share more updates when available. Thanks!” a member of the Android Auto team explains.

For now, one possible workaround would be a downgrade of the Google app to the previous version, which should do the trick if the latest update is indeed to blame for the issue. If it’s not, then maybe downgrading Pulse SMS could do the trick too, as the only way to go appears to be going back to all versions that worked until earlier this week and thus restoring everything to the previous state.

Pulse SMS currently has over 1 million installs from the Play Store alone.
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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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