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Android Auto is slated to upgrade with the ability to detect bad USB cables soon

Android Auto might get a new feature soon. (Source: Google)
Android Auto might get a new feature soon. (Source: Google)
Many issues with Android Auto are related to bad or low-quality USB cables - according to Google, at least. To this end, the Mountain View giant is reportedly preparing a new feature for this service's app that acts to diagnose potential issues with these accessories in the car on its initialization.

Android Auto is an often-handy way of having a phone-like interface suitable for driving - even if Google would prefer you switch to its new Assistant driving mode (which can activate automatically on connection to a vehicle's Bluetooth) instead. Nevertheless, the original solution is still available if the user connects the phone to their car via a USB cable.

That, however, is a factor that just might stop Android Auto from working. This, according to Google, is because not all cables are suitable for in-car use, and that it is generally best to have a first-party (the one that came with a Pixel phone in the box, for example) or, failing that, a high-quality accessory to help ensure connection integrity while on the road.

In addition, Google advises that the cable in question be less than 3 feet (~1 meter) in length and meets the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) standard. Meanwhile, the tech correspondent Mishaal Rahman claims to have detected a potentially relevant addition to the Android Auto app.

Its latest update (v7.5.121104) apparently now exhibits a USB Startup Diagnostics tool. As the name suggests, it acts to assess a connected cable for its "quality" on start-up. To date, it is not clear which criteria or parameters the app might be using in order to do so, although they are probably in line with Google's aforementioned troubleshooting guidelines.

Android Auto reportedly has new start-up screens. (Source: Mishaal Rahman via Twitter)
Android Auto reportedly has new start-up screens. (Source: Mishaal Rahman via Twitter)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-03-20 (Update: 2022-03-20)