Auto

The Latest Android Auto Updates Make CarPlay Look Ridiculous

And without a doubt, this was true at so many levels, especially as every Android Auto update was more or less a Russian roulette. While for some people they came with major improvements, others ended up struggling even with the little things like playing music or using a voice command to set up a new destination in Google Maps.

Times have changed, though, and now CarPlay not only is no longer more reliable than Android Auto, but Google’s application is also getting more and more improvements at an impressive pace.

In other words, Google has managed to turn Android Auto

Read More

Until 2023? Parts Shortage Will Keep Auto Prices Sky-High | Ohio News

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Back in the spring, a shortage of computer chips that had sent auto prices soaring appeared, finally, to be easing. Some relief for consumers seemed to be in sight.

That hope has now dimmed. A surge in COVID-19 cases from the delta variant in several Asian countries that are the main producers of auto-grade chips is worsening the supply shortage. It is further delaying a return to normal auto production and keeping the supply of vehicles artificially low.

And that means, analysts say, that record-high consumer prices for vehicles —

Read More

The Death of Android Auto for Phones: Everything You Need to Know

The first of them is Android Auto, an application that requires dedicated hardware support in every car, with the Android smartphone connected to the head unit then mirroring the UI on the larger screen inside the cabin. The full version of Android Auto therefore requires an Android phone and a compatible head unit with support for either wired or wireless connections.

The second is Android Auto for phones, a simplified version of the full app that runs on the phone but offers the same approach, user interface, and app support. In other words, what you typically see on the screen

Read More

Android Auto for Phone Screens stop working for some users

Google’s ambitions in the car led to Android Auto being redesigned a couple of years ago, mostly to positive feedback. However, the version of Android Auto on phone screens was meant to shut down at the time and has been on life support ever since. Now, that version has stopped working for some users.

The aptly named “Android Auto for Phone Screens” was launched in 2019 as Google was forced to delay Google Assistant Driving Mode. That feature, which finally started rolling out in 2020, continued into earlier this year, and has expanded since, was supposed to replace the experience

Read More

Activision starts taking action against new AI auto aim cheat software

Activision has started to take action against AI-powered cheat software, following reports about it earlier this week.

The software, which was highlighted by anti-cheat group ACPD, reportedly utilises PC passthrough via network streaming or a capture card to bypass console platform security.

A promotional video suggests that it then uses AI to detect elements of the video feed passing through the PC software, such as enemy movement and specific weapons being used, in order to activate the auto aim and auto shoot cheats.

“The cheat uses machine learning and sends input to your controller whenever it sees a valid

Read More

Google Announces Highly Anticipated Fix for Android Auto

The Galaxy S21 is Samsung’s latest and greatest Android phone, but as it turns out, this doesn’t necessarily make any difference in terms of stability and reliability as far as Android Auto is concerned.

This is because since the launch of the Galaxy S21 earlier this year, buyers of the device, including those who opted for the top-of-the-range Ultra version, complained of various problems with Android Auto, some of them making the app pretty impossible to use.

For example, one of the most widespread glitches encountered with the S21 Ultra causes Android Auto to crash when the screen is unlocked.

Read More

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Android Auto

Illustration for article titled 10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Android Auto

Image: Google

Google’s Android Auto is more than six years old now, and it’s changed a fair bit in that time. The latest version is baked into Android, if you’re running Android 10 or later, but you can download the stand-alone app if you don’t already have it. More and more automobiles and car stereos now support Android Auto (as well as Apple CarPlay), so if you’re just getting started with the technology, here are some of the tips you need to know.

You can actually use Android Auto without connecting to a car dashboard at all—just launch the

Read More

Computer chip shortages are having a big impact on the auto industry

BRAZOS COUNTY, TEXAS — New week, new shortage.

We’ve brought you details on many from the pandemic, including the rising price of poultry during the Superbowl and the shortening supply of chlorine as the 2021 pool season opened up, but now the auto industry is facing a shortage of their own.

A global computer chip shortage is impacting the auto industry big time, including repair shops right here in the Brazos valley, but not in a way you might think.

Local economists say there’s only one thing to blame.

“Well you know what, we seem to have tight supplies in

Read More

This app turns your phone into an Android Auto dashboard

If your car doesn’t come with an Android Auto head unit, you can install the Android Auto for phone screens app from the Play Store and turn your phone into an Android Auto dashboard. However, the app offers limited functionality, and its 2.9-star rating leads me to believe that it isn’t nearly as good as the native Android Auto experience. Thankfully, there’s a new app, called AutoZen, that addresses this issue.

AutoZen is a third-party car launcher (via autoevolution) that turns your phone into an Android Auto dashboard. As you can see in the attached screenshots, the app’s home

Read More

A Computer Chip Shortage Has Hobbled the Auto Industry

Around the world, auto assembly lines are going quiet, workers are idle and dealership parking lots are looking bare.

A shortage of semiconductors, the tiny but critical chips used to calibrate cars’ fuel injection, run infotainment systems or provide the brains for cruise control, has upended automaking.

A General Motors plant in Kansas City closed in February for lack of chips, and still hasn’t reopened. Mercedes-Benz has begun to hoard its chips for expensive models and is temporarily shutting down factories that produce lower-priced C-Class sedans. Porsche warned dealers in the United States this month that customers might have to

Read More