Huawei phone owners are now experiencing something similar, as I’m seeing more users complaining that connecting their mobile devices to the head units in their cars to launch Android Auto is no longer possible.
More specifically, the whole thing happens with both old and new Huawei phones, albeit something that is really worth knowing is that not all devices manufactured by the Chinese company seem to be impacted. However, the P30 Pro and the P20 both are believed to be affected.
“Huawei P30 Pro stopped working with latest Android Auto in VW Passat. I had to manually install previous version to get it working. Error message with new version is something like ‘unknown device’. I think Android Auto fails to launch in the phone,” someone says on Google’s forums.
While downgrading to a previous version of Android Auto is something that apparently fixes the whole thing, it’s also not the convenient workaround, as not running the latest update means you might end up missing on some features. Of course, choosing between new features and Android Auto not working at all isn’t really that hard, but at this point, it’s pretty clear that Google is the one that must come up with a fix.
The search company is yet to acknowledge the problem, so if you’re struggling with this problem, you can find all the previous Android Auto versions on this page. Installing an older release, however, involves configuring the Android smartphone to allow stand-alone APK files to be used.