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[Update: Images, EU pricing (€549)] Sony announces a new Android Auto head unit with a DVD player, the XAV-AX200

Sony's Android Auto head units are pretty popular around these parts. And that's for good reason, they present an excellent value for those interested in adding the hardware Android Auto experience to their car. Fortunately for Sony fans everywhere, the company has just announced a new product for its Android Auto lineup, the XAV-AX200.

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Android Auto v2.5 prepares to offer navigation cards based on your calendar appointments [APK Teardown]

A fresh update to the Android Auto app began rolling out yesterday, but it doesn't appear to include any notable changes to the interface on either the phone or in the car. But that doesn't mean this update is just for bug fixes, there isn't something interesting floating around inside the apk that can only be seen through the lens of a teardown. We can look forward to at least one important new feature: Auto will soon get to use our calendar appointments to suggest directions when we're on the way to a destination. As always, grab the apk from the link at the bottom if you don't have it on your phone already.

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[Update: APK download] Waze for Android Auto is out of private beta and available today

The private beta for Waze on Android Auto rolled out early last month, and two months of testing seem to have been enough. The feature once promised at I/O 2016 is now here. According to a blog post, today Waze will be available for everyone on Android Auto. Avoiding bad traffic just became that much easier.

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Google fixes Android Auto issue that left users unable to read or reply to messages

Android Auto seems to have had a lot of issues as of late, which isn't great considering you don't want to be fiddling with a screen on your dash while barreling down the freeway in a two-ton mass of metal and glass. In keeping with that theme, a recent issue left users unable to read or reply to messages on their Android Auto head units. Fortunately, though, Google was able to fix this via a server-side update.

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Pioneer's three 2017 Android Auto head units, including a single-DIN model, are now available at multiple retailers

Pioneer is one of the most active manufacturers in the Android Auto head unit game, and that hasn't changed for 2017. The AVH-3300NEX, AVH-2330NEX, and AVH-2300NEX were all announced earlier this year, but they haven't been available for purchase until now. Interestingly, the 3300NEX is actually a single-DIN unit - a first for Pioneer's Android Auto lineup.

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Android Auto is now available on 11 Suzuki cars from 2016 onwards

Suzuki may not sell cars in the US anymore, but it still does in many global markets. To help keep its cars modern, the Japanese auto manufacturer is adding Android Auto support to quite a few vehicles in its lineup - 11, to be specific. Not bad for a company that is known for building economy cars.

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Sony Music beta adds support for Android Auto [APK Download]

The latest beta for Sony's Music app just added support for Android Auto. Now you can control playback and view album art from the app while in Android Auto, as you can with other apps like Spotify or Google Play Music. Unfortunately, the beta requires being part of a closed community. But, fortunately, we have an APK, if you are interested in trying it out. 

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Google Maps navigation is crashing on Android Auto for many - here's how to fix it [APK Download]

Google gets made fun of for treating its customers like beta testers quite often, and the latest situation the company has gotten itself into doesn't do that reputation any favors. In very close proximity with another Android Auto issue, users on the Android Auto User Community in Google's Product Forums are reporting that Google Maps is crashing when navigation is initiated.

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OK Google voice command is broken on Android Auto, but a fix is coming soon

The "OK Google" voice command first came to fruition on the Nexus 5, but it's since made its way across the Google product portfolio. It's especially useful on Android Auto, where it enables drivers to interact with their head units without getting too distracted. Unfortunately, it's currently broken and requires a workaround.

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Not just you: Google Play Music isn't behaving in Android Auto for some

A decent number of folk are flocking to Google's Product Forums after experiencing problems with Google Play Music on Android Auto. The issue doesn't seem to be confined to any one car, manufacturer, or phone, and it manifests itself via an error message when attempting to play music from Google's service. Restarting the phone fixes the problem temporarily, but users report they have to do this every time they want to use Android Auto for Play Music to work correctly.

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