Android Auto is Google’s solution to deliver more utility to the multimedia and entertainment centers of the latest vehicles. It is a proposal that has been available for several years, but it is still far from being a mass solution in the automotive market.
In addition, Android Auto relies heavily on the company smartphone. However, if the user has an older Android smartphone, part of the functions of the current versions were not available. Something Google recently tried to fix.
Android Auto update brings news and issues to older versions of Android
Older smartphone users forced to update Android Auto.
The latest updates for this platform, despite promising extended support for older versions of the operating system, and partially fulfilling this purpose, also bring new problems. So, based on the most recent complaints from users, we can see that this update didn’t just bring good news.
We know, first of all, that Google is currently in the process of changing the basic support and general functioning of all Android Auto. We remind you that your in-car entertainment system has received more attention and continues to want to bring the relevant information to the big screen of the infotainment center.
However, for older versions of the Android OS, support appears to have been discontinued. In practice, those who have an older smartphone, with one of the aforementioned versions, will no longer be able to use this app and all it has to offer.
Users forced to do an unsupported update
Google is sneakily cutting off support for older phones on Android Auto by forcing an update
— Harinder Sahajpal (@HarinderSahajp1) November 2, 2022
Therefore, by not being able to update Android Auto, the user is effectively stuck in a repetitive cycle, aka loop. By not being able to leave this point, you lose access to the use of the platform and all that it has to offer.
Therefore, as indicated, for smartphones with the Android 6 and Android 7 operating system, it is the end of support and access to the features of this platform. The “bridge” that connects the mobile device to our motor vehicle.
It should also be noted that this mandatory update, for users who manage to do it, brings new problems. In fact, many users are reporting errors in the normal use of Android Auto with blank screens and/or upside down maps.
In addition, the information and its layout and presentation grid appear unformatted on some screens.
Finally, it is estimated that Android Auto users on smartphones with Android 6 and/or Android 7 are already scarce, around 15% of the total base of users.
However, the fact that they are being forced to update the application, which results in a frustration loop, is something to be criticized.
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