This New Android Auto Feature Is the End of Connectivity Struggles

Fast Pair will allow quick connections between phones and Android Auto head units 1 photo
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If you’ve ever used Android Auto, there’s a chance you struggled with the app due to what appeared to be a connectivity problem showing up either during the initial setup wizard or in the middle of your driving session.
While this is most often caused by a bad cable, switching to the wireless mode (if the head unit supports this type of connection) is supposed to make the whole thing a lot more reliable from one end to the other.

And now Google is introducing a new feature that should help setting up Android Auto with a new phone as straightforward as possible.

Fast Pair, a feature that originally debuted in 2017 and was supposed to allow the pairing of Pixel phones with Bluetooth accessories in a matter of seconds, is now going live in the car as well. Google plans to make the pairing process of mobile devices and head units as straightforward as it gets.

In other words, if your head unit supports Android Auto wireless, you no longer have to care about anything else than the actual driving. Just step behind the wheel, make sure your phone has Bluetooth enabled, and then you should see a notification on its display with a connect prompt. Just tap it, and that’s pretty much it, as the pairing then completes automatically.

In the meantime, Google is also believed to be working on another welcome feature for those whose head units do not support Android Auto wireless.

More specifically, the company is building a troubleshooter for Android Auto users, this time to spot connectivity problems and provide assistance to help deal with them. The troubleshooter is supposed even to detect a bad cable and then tell the user to try another one, making the setup process more straightforward. For now, however, the troubleshooter is still in the works, with no ETA currently available.
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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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