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Wayne Piekarski
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When designing your apps for drivers, you should be able to provide access to the features and content of your apps. Designing Applications for Android Auto requires us to rethink the content and functionality we have in apps like Dialer, Play Music and Maps, so drivers can use it effectively, within the 6-tap limit. Join Geoff Schuller from the Andoird Auto team to learn about the best practices when designing your media and messaging applications.

This topic is very important for developers to understand. If you don't take the 6 step rule into consideration, the users' browsing experience will abruptly end when using the Drawer to find content in the app. So keep this in mind!
 
100 days of Google Dev, Episode 19/100

Join Geoff Schuller to learn about the best practices when designing for drivers / #AndroidAuto

#GoogleDev100

https://goo.gl/LwbZng
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Christopher Bilotta

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Android Embedded Software Developer - 90 day Contract Opportunity 
Email chrisb@rdcinc.com or call 215-628-2293 for immediate consideration.
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Resul Kocyigit

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At Google I/O it was announced by advocates, that there will be an emulator for Android Auto. I dont talk about the simulator apks.

Is there any schedule for that ?
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Thank you very much :-).
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Jared Bracken

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I'm ready to push my first update with Android Auto.  However, I haven't yet received a feedback email regarding Android Auto acceptance.  I have accepted the Android Auto terms in the dev console in the "Pricing and Distribution" section.  Also, it has been published to my alpha channel for over a week and I've had a couple of users testing it.  Is there something else I need to do?  From my understanding, I should have received an email to let me know if there was anything that needs to be fixed or if it has passed and is ok to release.  I started a canary rollout last night (1%) to see if that would trigger a review email, but still nothing.  Am I missing a step?
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Ok, that's good to know that if I can play it in the car it has been approved.  Still, I can't find any email about it, not even in spam.  Something I can search on?  What's the subject or from?
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Islam Mokhtat

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Hi Android Auto Developers,

how to make a map markers  move or dance in its location?
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Dear Colleague.
Are You sure that You did post to correct group? This is the group about Android Auto and everything related.
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Alex Bryan

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Hi everyone,

I am reaching out to see if there has been any thought into adding Uber or other car service apps to Andoid Auto.

I would like to make this a thing and want to see what is already in the works. If you have links or know anything in regards to the development of this please let me know, I would like to stay on top of the progress!

#UberOnAndroidAuto

PS .. if Uber already works on the Pioneer head unit then let me know, I am in the market to get the Pioneer and it would be really great to run Uber from it!

Thanks,
Alex 
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Currently like I learned from my talks to advocates at I/O is, that the work with the car manufactures are really hard ! So Google has a lot of ideas and features in pipeline, but they can not ship that directly, because of lot of license stuff.

But the idea, maybe already supported but not public, that other services like Uber and alternative map apps can be supported are already there.
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Instructables has some instructions on building a DIY dev box for a Pioneer head unit rather than installing it in a car. http://www.instructables.com/id/Android-Auto-Portable-Dev-Box-DIY/
OverviewThe Android Auto portable head unit (HU) is a do-it-yourself project for developers wanting to test and demonstrate their Android Auto applica...
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Rac Csaba

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Halo! Is there a possibility to make an App for testing purposes?
I'm thinking about  tracing the communication between the HU and Phone?
In this case we could have  the answer for problems is it a Head Unit issue or a Phone. This would be weary helpful for testers.
Also some kind of data base is also a weary good point, with limited access to developers and it should contain info regarding the used test equipment and a description of  an occurred problem.
Thanx for answers in advance

Have a nice day
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Anand S

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+Wayne Piekarski Hi Wayne,
How does the charging works when wireless charging is also available in car with Android Auto. Does it charge via USB or Wireless?

Thanks.
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+Wayne Piekarski Thanks. Also, the Bluetooth profile is required only to activate HFP for call purposes. Even without Bluetooth connection , we shall be able to connect AUTO to Head unit in the car. Is that correct?
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Magesh M

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Hi Android Auto Developers,

I want to give voice commands for my Audio App. Like play, pause, next song, previous song, browse folder_name, etc.

I tried the command: play song_name.
This command is working as expected. onPlayFromSearch(String query, Bundle extras) call-back function is called with query = song_name.

But other commands are not giving any callback.
Can anybody give the list of voice commands for controlling an audio app?

Thanks in advance!
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This is the official community for Android Auto Developers on Google+. Android Auto lets you engage users in new ways while they're in the car. Find out how to get your app ready to hit the road!
 
Hello,
I am trying to delete a conversation displayed on Android auto by using  : NotificationManagerCompat.from(context).cancel(conversationId) in the BroadcastReceiver called AutoMessageReadReceiver but when I start to play the notification on the screen, it never left the screen ?
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John O'Hara

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When I say "Reply" after Android Auto reads a SMS/Hangouts/Whats App message it says "I do not understand reply". Have a Samsung Galaxy S6 and a Pioneer AVH-X8700BT(european version of the 4100NEX). 
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Same here with AVIC-F77DAB and Nexus 5. Also, the Android auto screen freezes frequently when initiating a voice action.
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Hello, 
I would like to know if the voice response feature is available in the Android auto simulator?

Thank you
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Mah Pleasure :-)
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Jared Bracken

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Hi again.  Could someone explain, or point me to the documentation, how to add the menu and overflow buttons?  I want to mimic how the Google Play Music app works with the left menu button opening the side panel and the right overflow showing some extra custom buttons. Thanks for any help you can give.
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you're welcome.
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Jared Bracken

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Hi,

I'm working to add Android Auto support to my app which plays local media.  The corresponding images are also local and I can't get them to display as the background in the simulator.  All examples I've seen for building the MediaMetadata specifies a remote url for METADATA_KEY_ALBUM_ART_URI, not a local path.  Can someone share how to use a local file image?  I've already tested with a remote "http://" image path and this works fine, but nothing I've tried has worked for local images.  
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Yes, setting the bitmap directly on the MediaMetadata should work. Just make sure that, if you are using the same strategy for the MediaItem's returned on onLoadChildren ( MediaItem.MediaDescription.getIconBitmap), you use a small version of the bitmap, otherwise you may have memory issues.
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Saurabh Patel

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Hi, 
I am new to Android Auto.

I found lot of document about Android Auto, which is targeted for Application development.
I am looking for document for Device SDK.
Is there any modification required to support Android Auto in Current Android based Player?
Is there any information available for Which protocol is used for content sharing?
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Anand S

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Hi friends,

Need a small clarification to help me out !

Is Mobile OS update possible when the mobile device is in Android Auto/ CarPlay / MirrorLink mode.

If so, what happens when the device is been in use while driving.

Thanks.
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Thanks +Resul Kocyigit 
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When I switch between day/night mode in Android Media Browser simulator app, night mode menu icons are never loaded however icons on player are switched between day/night mode. Is it a menu limitation?
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+Wayne Piekarski  Any input on this?
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Eric Butler

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I've got a question about how to get a development apk on a real auto device.  

I have an app that behaves correctly on the media simulator but not on a real device (4100nex).  The pause button on the media controls doesn't respond to presses on the 4100nex, while it does work correctly on the sim.  

As I understand, this is the development cycle for troubleshooting this type of problem, I'm hoping someone has found an alternative.

Steps:
Add debugging/logging to an apk
Publish that to the store as an alpha
Wait for auto approval
Wait for the app update to occur via the play store on a phone
Inspect logs
Repeat

As a test, I've tried side-loading the same release apk that is published as an approved alpha apk but then the app doesn't appear on the 4100nex in the list of auto media apps.

From what I can tell, there some magic going during the play store installation that authorizes an apk for auto. 
 
If there was a way to build a release apk and test it on a real device without going through the play store, it would really speed up this process.

Thanks in advance for any help anyone is able to offer.
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Good info, I guess what was confusing me was that the review emails that I get say that the app was approved.

So what is it the serves as the gate for an auto device to display a media app in its list of applications?  It seems like it's more than just a version code, since I can't side-load the exact same apk that is in the alpha channel and use the app on the auto device.  It seems that there is something going on during the installation by the play store that opens authorizes the app right?

Thanks
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John Defour

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Hello Android Auto Developers,

I am creating an email reading and responding application for Android Auto and I am having difficulty replying to notifications using a Pioneer AVH-4100NEX model head unit. After clicking on a notification from my app, I go to click on the Google Voice button and say, "Reply” (my label from RemoteInput.Builder) and Google Voice responds, "What's the message." When I provide a message, for example, “Hello.” or “How are you?” It responds, "Sure, but when it's safe, you’ll need to disconnect the phone and tap the notification. Then, you can let google access the contacts on your device." This message is not desirable because I do not use the contacts list on the phone and instead should be sending a reply email. 

Also, when there are multiple notifications, how can Google differentiate between one notification and another? In the simulator there is a reply button next to each notification. This is not present in the AVH-4100NEX model head unit. This button would allow us to reply to any individual notification. Currently if my application has multiple notifications showing up and someone clicks on the Google Voice and then says, “Reply,” how will Android Auto know to which message I am replying? Thanks so much in advance!
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