Some time ago I read in news that Android Auto from Google got phone only mode. Before it required a compatible car. Not sure how many of them existed. I installed android auto same day.
Actually, I did this too fast – the version I installed did not supported standalone mode yet, but update came in next day a two.
My first impression was great – it was exactly the tool I needed.
- It’s main screen suggests to call my wife directly and very reasonable destinations to start driving to – from calendar and places I recently searched for.
- Moreover when you do a call or receive a call Android Auto automatically activates loudspeaker. This was so obvious and so missed feature for me for years!
- Android auto can also read incoming messages, like hangouts and whatsapp.
- And all user interface uses really big buttons so easy to operate being driving.
After driving with android auto few days I discovered that it mentioned great features comes with some not so great ones:
- Looks like android auto is locked to google maps only. I usually use google maps anyway; usually, but not always
- If incoming message is written in language different from phone language, Android Auto did not read it for me.
- You have to close Android auto to do anything else than driving, calling or playing music. I see the point, but sometimes I need to start another app like camera or mail, for instance, before I start driving but after I started Android Auto
- Several times I had to leave Android Auto even to … start navigation! I had an appointment with an address inside, but for some reason Android Auto did not suggested it to me. To open a calendar I had to leave Android Auto first.
- In Android Auto “sandbox” all works very, very slowly. I found that google maps was so unresponsive that it became useless. Moreover, every second time google maps did not show me time to destination what had never happened before.
The result is: I stop using it and came back to my usual navigation setup.
Do you use Android Auto in your daily driving?