There are a lot of things Google needs to fix in Android Auto, and one of the issues that users have been complaining about for the past few months is already the way music apps are handled while they’re running.
Specifically, users explain that listening to the radio has become nearly impossible, all because Android Auto simply insists on using media apps that rely on an internet connection to stream content.
An article with nearly 50 replies on the Google forums reveals that each time Android Auto starts up, the radio automatically shuts down and the audio is switched to a multimedia application installed on the phone and using an internet connection.
Returning to the radio manually is only a temporary workaround, as it usually only takes a minute or two for Android Auto to switch back to media apps. And needless to say, the same thing happens over and over again, so it has become virtually impossible to listen to the radio while Android Auto is running.
But according to someone on the Google Forums, the workaround is as easy as it gets, and it all boils down to the Google app. On Android and Android Auto, the Google app is responsible for powering the Google Assistant experience. So when the Mountain View-based search giant sends out new updates for its assistant, it’s the app that gets new versions.
And ultimately, the radio listening issues on Android Auto are caused by the Google app, with one user explaining that uninstalling the latest updates brings things back to normal. Of course, this isn’t necessarily the most practical workaround given that you might end up missing out on new features and improvements, but at least you don’t have to listen to media apps anymore.
Google hasn’t come up with a solution so far, but since the user community has discovered that the Google app is the culprit, it might be easier for the company to figure out what’s wrong. not.