Several Android Auto users are reporting serious problems with their new Pixel 8 phones when trying to connect them to the car.
Google’s new stumble with Android Auto , and this one has less justification. The development of Google’s car system has encountered several problems in the last year, as a result of the high rate of release of new versions.
Thanks to the fact that many new versions of the Android Auto app have been released in just a few months, the system has received many interesting new features, from compatibility with Waze and YouTube in the car , to the new Google Maps functions in Android Auto .
However, it is no less true that this Google policy with Android Auto has brought many problems, in the form of ‘bugs’ that can completely render the system useless. In fact, the last reported problem removed the Android Auto taskbar , making normal use of the system impossible.
Problems with Pixel 8 and Android Auto
But the last ruling is perhaps more criticized . Until now, ‘bugs’ could be justified in Google’s efforts to launch new functions, which inevitably ‘broke’ something. But the case of the ‘bug’ that users are now encountering is different, because it affects the new Google phones, the Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro .
Now that the first units of these mobile phones are reaching the hands of buyers who were quicker to buy them, it is being discovered that Google did not take into account the connection between the new Pixel and Android Auto. Specifically, many users are reporting on Google’s official forums that their Pixel 8 cannot connect to Android Auto . When you connect your phone via cable, Android Auto simply does not start on the car screen; and the worst thing is that everything seems correct, since the Android Auto app is installed and changing the cable is of no use.
The problem only affects the new Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro; Previous models such as the Pixel 7 and Pixel 6 run Android Auto perfectly with the same car and the same cable. Therefore, everything indicates that Google has changed something in its new phones without taking into account that it would affect the operation of Android Auto. Recall that Google had more new features planned than those that finally reached the Pixel 8, including a new desktop mode that would be activated by connecting a cable to a monitor. The following is an speculation, but it would not be surprising if there is some type of conflict between both functions.
For now, Google has not explained how to solve this problem, although the good news is that its representatives are gathering more information on the official forums; so hopefully the issue should be fixed with a future update.
Meanwhile, some users claim that they have managed to solve the problem by uninstalling the Android Auto app that comes with the Pixel 8, and reinstalling it from Google Play; Although that doesn’t seem to work for everyone.