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Android Auto v3.5 fixes crashing on phones with Android 9 Pie [APK Download]

Android Auto v3.5 fixes crashing on phones with Android 9 Pie [APK Download]

Android Auto hasn't been playing nice with Android 9 Pie. There have been reports left and right of numerous bugs: missing text notifications, a disruptive buzzing sound in calls, and frequent crashes. Fortunately, the Android Auto team is aware of these issues, and reports that it's fixed at least one — Android Auto version 3.5 should solve the crashing problem.

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BeyondPod has been removed from Android Auto, but a fix is in the works

BeyondPod has been removed from Android Auto, but a fix is in the works

In an interesting twist, BeyondPod, a podcast manager that has been around since seemingly the beginning of Android, has been removed from Android Auto. This isn't entirely surprising - prior to this April, it hadn't had a public update in two years, and people had been complaining about the huge amount of bugs.

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Review: Pioneer's $700 wireless Android Auto head unit is a great concept that needs polish

Review: Pioneer's $700 wireless Android Auto head unit is a great concept that needs polish

In theory, Android Auto is a fantastic idea. It brings a unified UI, Google's class-leading Maps, and seamless integration with your music, notifications, and calls to any car or head unit that supports it. But aside from the various bugs and issues that seem to continually crop up, I'd argue that Android Auto's biggest downside is having to plug and unplug your phone whenever you enter and exit your car. As a result, many people, including myself, were pretty excited to see wireless Android Auto debut at CES this year with new head units from JVC and Kenwood.

A few months later, Pioneer announced two of its own wireless Android Auto head units: the $700 AVH-W4400NEX and the $1,200 AVIC-W8400NEX.

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Fix for glitchy Google Maps visuals in Android Auto rolling out now

Fix for glitchy Google Maps visuals in Android Auto rolling out now

Back in April, users reported to Google that their Android Auto head units were showing weird, glitchy visuals under some circumstances. A fix was promised for sometime in June, but the month came and went with no resolution. Google has acknowledged this, though, and says a fix is rolling out now.

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Waze now works in standalone Android Auto on your phone

Waze now works in standalone Android Auto on your phone

When Waze finally added support for Android Auto last year, it unfortunately required a proper Auto head unit, a discovery that tainted the good news. That's no longer the case as Waze recently started working in the standalone version of Auto, the one that uses your phone as a display and doesn't necessitate any other additional gear.

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Android Auto comes to South Korea with support for popular local apps

Android Auto comes to South Korea with support for popular local apps

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Satellite view added to Google Maps on Android Auto head units

Satellite view added to Google Maps on Android Auto head units

Google Maps has had a satellite view available for many years on multiple platforms, but for some reason, it never made its way to the Android Auto app - that is, until now. A reader sent in a tip showcasing satellite view while navigating with his Android Auto-equipped head unit, and it looks exactly as you'd expect.

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[Update: Opel and Vauxhall, too] Android Auto now available on more Alfa Romeo and Volvo cars, coming soon to Dacia

[Update: Opel and Vauxhall, too] Android Auto now available on more Alfa Romeo and Volvo cars, coming soon to Dacia

Android Auto is already supported on a wide variety of vehicles, but its spread will continue to grow so long as new cars are released. With this latest update to its site, Google's in-car system is now compatible with six new cars: two Alfa Romeos, three Volvos, and one Nissan (and two Nissan navigation systems). It's also coming soon to Dacia.

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Android Auto less distracting than native infotainment systems, study finds

Android Auto less distracting than native infotainment systems, study finds

Research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are less distracting than various infotainment systems built into 10 model year 2017 and 2018 vehicles. The study compared how much attention various tasks require on each platform and found Android Auto's attention demand to be moderate, whereas overall demand of native systems was found to be very high.

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Pioneer releases a pair of new Android Auto head units with wireless support

Pioneer releases a pair of new Android Auto head units with wireless support

A lot of cars come with Android Auto these days, but you may actually get more features if you have an older car and add in an aftermarket head unit. Pioneer has launched two new AV receivers with Android Auto support. They aren't cheap, but that's par for the course.

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