Google’s Android Auto has become an important tool for many users, but it may soon implement a change that may upset some. Soon, Android Auto may block your connection if USB debugging is enabled on your device.
About APK Insight: In this “APK Insight” article, we have decompiled the latest version of an app that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we are able to see different lines of code in this clue about possible future functionality. Keep in mind that Google may or may never provide these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be flawed. However, we will try to activate the ones that are about to be completed to show you what they will look like in the event that they are dispatched. With that in mind, read on.
The channels of the latest Android Auto update, v6.3, suggest a change coming. It looks like the app will soon be able to determine if USB debugging is enabled on your Android device. If so, a message may appear stating that “Connection to a vehicle can be prevented when USB debugging is enabled.”
”A connection to a vehicle can be prevented when USB debugging is enabled. Disable “USB Debugging” in “Developer Options” and try again. “ “Settings” “USB debugging is enabled”
Based on other strings in the app, we were able to confirm that this is just a warning message as part of a new “connectivity troubleshooter”. The feature is not present in the app currently, but it will help users troubleshoot connection issues when it officially arrives. Our Kyle Bradshaw was able to activate the feature manually on his device and found evidence that the troubleshooter may also be able to detect if you are using the wrong USB cable.
“Connectivity troubleshooter” “Check for current issues with your connection.” “Enable troubleshooting tool comments” “Capture a bug report to send to Google when connection issues are detected.” “Android automatic connection detector” “Comments automatically captured when starting Android Auto.”
“Day / night mode for the cards”
With Google Maps’ dark mode rolled out widely, it looks like Android Auto will add extra flexibility for its users. Android Auto 6.3 lays the groundwork for user-controlled day / night mode, specifically related to Maps.
Notably, Android Auto has a user-controlled toggle for light / dark themes in its Developer Settings menu. As it stands, this menu allows you to lock day or night modes, leaving it to the car control or matching it to the phone. The strings present in 6.3, however, appear to be separate.
“Automatic” “Day” “Night” “Day / night mode for Maps” “N / A”
Kyle Bradshaw contributed to this report.
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