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It is now possible to test your Android Auto apps on Auto-enabled head units. The procedure is to upload your app to the Play Store in an alpha channel, which you can then install to your device and test in a car. You will even receive feedback from the Auto review team for your app.

https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/answer/3131213?hl=en
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Will it work if setting up an alpha app in a Google Play Private channel ?
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Abhilash Kumar

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Hai guys,
I was wondering how the dashboard of android auto works with a phone. Is it using presentation Api's or some other new APIs . basically I want to know how user interaction on dashboard reflect in phone.
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Thanks for the clarification ..I will check it out.
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Anand S

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Hey guys,

I have bought a Pioneer product AVIC-8100NEX/XNUC for Android Auto from U.S. Currently, I am in India and I have received the product. Since, Android Auto app is not available in Play store for India, I downloaded the .apk file and installed it in my mobile device. But, its not working when I connect my mobile device to Pioneer product.

Is it dependent upon locations where we use it?
Is it possible to use Auto application in India or not.

Guys, pls help me out with this. Stuck in middle of my testing work here.

Cheers,
Anand S
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+Anand S 
After you get this error message, I need for you to run this command:
adb bugreport > phone.txt

Then email me the bug report, and we can look into it for you. I sent you a private message with instructions on how to do this.
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When will Android Auto come to India?
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Cameron Dickson

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Quick problem I'm having. I just got android auto in my car via pioneer head unit. I connect my phone and it shows up fine but the text is way too big. Is there anyway to help this? 
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Yeah it looks brilliant but your phone gets extremely hot and the Auto will freeze then you gotta disconnect it to bring it back which means you gotta stop, put your car in park, then put the parking brake on etc it's really not worth $700+ to install it and everything
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Here is my application which is suitable for the Android Auto.
Thanks for everybody for their help.
Home page (there is nothing to hide, everything is open and free, including source code):
https://bitbucket.org/ChernyshovYuriy/openradio/overview
Open Radio is the project which is use Android Auto SDK, innovative tool to...
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+Christian Kurzke and others.
Thank You guys for Your help.
My Application has been approved, now its turn to add new functionalities and improvements to it.
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Great! Keep us posted how it goes. And - let us know which app you created so we can try it.
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Lakshmanan P

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+Renato Mangini 
In Android Auto media(music app) when i was testing out in the head units I found that when the list of music is empty there is a default spinner which goes on . So if I have the spinner on then it gives an appearance (conveys the meaning )that "title will be loaded shortly and is getting delayed" . However in my case the list of music is empty and if the spinner shows up it is conveying a wrong meaning .So in this case can I do something to over ride this spinner . 
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Can't you avoid showing the category when the list is empty? The user experience would be greatly improved - there is a cost on driver's distraction when a click is required. If the click is on an empty category, you are wasting user's attention.
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Hello, Guys! 
I,ve got a quastion about Android Auto. I have found new description for Android Auto API:
"App never presents any form of visual information (notifications, toasts, video, images, advertising, etc.) on the phone screen while the app is active in Android Auto"

Could you please tell us, how can application be informed, that device is connected to android auto?
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Sergey Povzner

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Does anyone know tow to launch UniversalMusicPlayer app on physical head unit (8100 NEX in my case)?

I enabled developer mode in Android Auto app, but still don't see how to launch UniversalMusicPlayer app.
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This is now possible using the Alpha channels for your app.

https://plus.google.com/+WaynePiekarski/posts/cWGNkDzU7qn
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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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Mat Wszedybyl

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I am currently working on a messaging app for Android Auto and I need to know when the device is connected to the head unit (when Android Auto is "on").

Is there anything I can use from the Android Auto app to notify my app to when it is connected to the car?
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If you are doing a messaging app, just use the UnreadConversation extension in CarExtender. If there is Auto present, it will just work. And if there is no Auto present, the phone notifications will look exactly the same, and it works on very old devices as well. So there is no penalty for adding Auto support all the time.
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Leigh Gibbs

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Hey folks,

Does anyone know how i may access the Client side SDK for Android Auto?
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+Jonathan Sadowski Not sure I ever said "freely". In fact I'm more than willing to pay for access to Client SDK. How can I do that ?
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Mat Wszedybyl

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Has anyone had luck on viewing notifications from the example MediaBrowserApp or MessagingService apps from the developer pages on the Pioneer head units? (Using a Pioneer AVH-41000NEX)
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Only apps in alpha/beta testing or released apps work on real hardware as per https://plus.google.com/+WaynePiekarski/posts/cWGNkDzU7qn - given that these are samples, they'd only work on the simulators.
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Resul Kocyigit

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Check if device is connected to android auto...
... maybe this would work:
There you get a broadcast, when your device is connected, in configuration change you can check for UiModeManager.ACTION_ENTER_CAR_MODE

Bit I dont have an android auto device :-).
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+Mat Wszedybyl​ see this post.
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Rac Csaba

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Hi! Is there a list of apps witch will be for Android Auto the most important? Thanx
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Dear colleagues,
I have another question to the Team :-)
I received another review feedback from the Google Play team.
They inform me "Media playback should pause when switching to another app". I assume that this is not only relates to the case when we switch application via right side menu? Using Emulator we can press Home button and open another application and media still plays in the Emulator. Is this a case which Google Play considering also?
If Yes - then how to be notified that application is in background, moreover, NPR One (the one from the Google Play btw) behave the same way.
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Sure, here it is:

-Your app includes features that distract the driver.
-Media playback should pause when switching to another app.
Please refer to the following developer page for full details on the criteria that your app must meet to qualify as an Android Auto app on Google Play:
http://developer.android.com/distribute/essentials/quality/auto.html#AU-DS
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I have  question to the Google Auto Team.
How is inform driver / user of an application about some errors that happening during application life.
For example:
- network has been lost and application was in a stream mode at that time (stream audio content);
- menu (the one slides from the left side) creating dynamically, some of the items may link to temporary unavailable items (Radio Station change it's URL of streaming or doesn't work during night at all).
There is no specification about error handling at all (I am talking about UI / UX).
I got refused from the application submission because of the second case I listed.
Thanks in advance.
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I would argue :-) In terms of list of radio stations (for any category or whatever requested) I do have internal cache of the responses as these data updated rarely. Once application destroyed - cache is destroyed as well, next start up - new valid values cached.
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Drew Hamilton

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Is there a way to take a screenshot of Auto running on the (Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX) head unit?
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Os the Pioneer device just for US ? Can I use it for germany ?
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