Google has recently rolled out the much-anticipated Android Auto 10.5 update, bringing a host of improvements and enhancements to the popular in-car platform.
In this article, we’ll delve into the details of this update, from its initial beta release to the current stable version available for download.
Beta testing and and-Alone APK installer for Android Auto 10.5
Android Auto 10.5 first entered the beta program earlier this month, giving eager users a chance to test out the new features. Additionally, the stand-alone APK installer became available in mid-September, enabling users to experience the update before its official release to the stable channel.
The stable version of Android Auto 10.5 is now making its way to users’ devices, following Google’s standard rollout procedure via the Google Play Store. This process typically spans a few weeks as Google ensures the update’s reliability and eventually authorizes version 10.5 for all compatible devices.
For those who can’t wait for the automatic rollout, manual installation is an option. Users need to have the Android Auto 10.5 APK file stored on their mobile devices. They can then navigate to its location, tap the installer, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. On some devices, enabling permissions for installing apps from non-Google Play Store sources may be necessary.
Changelog and user experience
Unlike previous versions, Android Auto 10.5 ships without detailed release notes. After installing the update, some users may not immediately notice significant changes. A minor bug related to GPS tracking in apps like Waze and Google Maps has been reported by a few users, though it’s worth noting that this issue may not be directly linked to the Android Auto 10.5 update.
Future updates and new features
As the rollout progresses, more information about the update is expected to surface. Android Auto has recently welcomed new apps, including WebEx by Cisco and Zoom, providing users with the ability to participate in meetings and manage audio calls while on the road. Video features are restricted to mobile devices for safety, but this update offers increased productivity for drivers.
Looking ahead, from the current picture, it seems like Google plans to continue expanding app offerings for Android Auto users. Android Auto is set to introduce more apps, particularly with the expansion of available software categories. Earlier this month, the first OBD2 app became compatible with Android Auto, allowing users to access vehicle diagnosis data directly on the infotainment screen via a connected adapter.
The Android Auto 10.5 update brings a range of enhancements and features to improve the in-car experience for users. Whether you choose to wait for the automatic rollout or take matters into your own hands with manual installation, this update marks another step forward in the evolution of this popular platform. Stay tuned for further updates and enjoy the new features that Android Auto 10.5 has to offer!
Meanwhile, if you have any frustrating issues or wonder anything about Android Auto, make sure to check out our articles on it, such as the one on how to fix if Android Auto disappeared for you.
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