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Wayne Piekarski
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We have just released a new Udacity course on Ubiquitous Computing. It's a great introduction to developing across Google platforms such as Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV, and Google Cast. Using your existing Android knowledge, +Timothy Jordan, +Wayne Piekarski, and +Joshua Gordon will show you how to extend your existing apps to these new platforms without having to reinvent the wheel.

Join the class at https://www.udacity.com/course/android-ubiquitous-computing--ud875 and you can try it out for free!
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Ryan Niemo

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I'm using the queue feature for Android Auto. If I play a playlist with >15 songs, in the simulator, the queue will show all the songs in the playlist. However, in the head unit, this list is truncated to only 15 items. Will this truncation always happen, and will it always truncate the list to 15 items? Is there any documentation on this? Thanks.
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The head unit is the correct implementation, if the simulator differs then it is not the correct behaviour. We have a new emulator for Android Auto coming that will be much closer to the car experience. Stay tuned ... when it launches I'll announce it in this G+ group.
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Julius Spencer

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Hi,

I have been trying to use the "Play x on y" command and the response I get back from Android Auto is:

"Not sure how to help with play x on y"

It gets the "x" and "y" perfectly. I'm just wondering if I have to register in my application the text for "y". For example if my application's name were 123app would I need to put somewhere "one two three app" as the name so it could figure out which app I was referring to when I said "y".

If I simply say "play music" when my app, "y", is open it opens Google Music.

Or maybe I'm missing something in the manifest…

I have in my manifest I have:
<action android:name="android.media.action.MEDIA_PLAY_FROM_SEARCH" />
<category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />

I had this in an activity, but I will try it in my service.

I noticed that the example application doesn't have these in its manifest. The video Android Auto Voice Actions Devbyte mentions these in the context of an Activity, but I don't really understand why these would be in an Activity when Auto uses the MediaBrowserService.
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+Jeff Rebeiro  I'm wondering if it has something to do with the name of the application as it has numbers in it.
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Avelino Alicea

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So what happened with Android Auto for the 2014 - 2015 Honda Civics? Clearly the 2014 was used as a prototype when Android Auto was first announced (pics on the Internet and the developer studio site, which interestingly enough is now unavailable), so, why has honda decided to not support these vehicles. Even the new HR-V is not supported from what I've been reading. Pretty disappointing. 
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Roger Wastie

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Hi everyone I'm new at all this I have andriod auto and love it but I would like power amp to work with Android auto :) would someone be willing to make this app work with Android auto for me . Think it would be a great music app for auto . Power amp has great ability to change songs by swiping left and right and easy access to albums . Hope someone can help looking forward for reply from roger
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thanks for telling me that sir . And yes I will upload my Music thanks again from Roger 
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Android Auto future discussion

Hello, I want to apologise to not asking a question about developing more as about future. But I am one of the few Android Auto users (Fabia mk3) and even though I love Android Auto, I can see lots of room for improvements. 

What do you think, how will AA develop in time? Will it be more open to developer ideas and functions (messaging and music now)? Will it use car functions, such as temperature, fuel consumption, FM radio?

Or if there are developers of Android Auto, do you plan to change some things based on feedback? I would love to see text SMS (My main headunit can do this), or if call function could dial contacts, not just numbers.

Thank you
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Have a look at this Tech News Today video by +Mike Elgan​​. https://youtu.be/nnkKsYVv7dk . They discovered some interesting features in the code of Android Auto that give a hint of what might get implemented in the future. The Android Auto bit starts at around 11:00.
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Android Auto mode for phone?

I'm new here and I'm far from being a developer. Actually I'm a severely technologically challenged person and that is why this question is probably quite stupid.

I love the idea of Android Auto. What I don't understand is, why it is limited to those who can afford expensive new cars or equally as expensive third party units? Why not just let the phone go into Android Auto mode for those who are not so lucky? This is obviously something that is not only wanted by me. There's even a developer out there who's creating an app that is supposed to mimic Android Wear on the phone and he's doing it due to popular demand. So, why did Google in its wisdom decide to not make this accessible to the general public?

I'm sure there must be a good reason, I just fail to see it and nobody has been able to give me a satisfactory answer yet. Maybe one of the technologically savvy peeps here can shed light on the mystery?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​
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I'd have thought with all the Android Auto savvy people here at least some might have an idea as to the motivation behind not making the app accessible to all phone users. 
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Ryan Niemo

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Hey all,
I recently got a pioneer AVIC-8100NEX head unit to test my music app. Mostly everything works the same as the simulator, except pausing music. When I try to pause music, nothing happens, and the music continues playing. Everything else works as expected (skip next/prev, play, queue, etc.) Has anyone run into this problem, or have a potential solution? Thanks!
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+Eric Butler that is correct. Every app needs to be delivered via the Play Store according to the instructions above, if you want it to run on a real head unit in a car. As announced at I/O 2015, we have a new emulator coming out soon which will allow you to do testing at your desk and without these restrictions.
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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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I am a bit doubtful about that. I checked  NotificationCompat.CarExtender there is no method to dismiss notification on android auto dashboard. Moreover this design guide: https://www.google.com/design/spec-auto/messaging-apps/voice-based-messaging.html#voice-based-messaging-conversational-flow  too which I referred didn't seem to give any hint regarding the dismissal of notification on Android auto dashboard. It is managed automatically based on the priority. 
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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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Great
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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

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https://goo.gl/LwbZng
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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!

Arun Nedun

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Android One with Android Auto

While Android Auto is only available in the US and Android one is only available in developing countries such as India, I thought of pairing them both to see how they perform. On my trip to India i took a pioneer NEX-4100 and used Micromax Android one to connect. Not surprisingly i was able to pair them successfully and use it. Couple of times the screen in NEX-4100 freeze when the navigation was turned on and incoming messages was prompted by voice guidance.
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Chernyshov Yuriy

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Dear colleagues !
For those who looking for the news about Android Auto in production field, here is a link to Honda page. Accord 2016 will go with Android Auto integrated.

http://hondanews.com/releases/honda-introduces-the-highest-tech-accord-yet-in-high-tech-s-u-s-hub-silicon-valley
Honda introduced a refreshed 2016 Accord loaded with advanced technology in Silicon Valley today, the first time the company has launched a new vehicle in the U.S. tech hub.
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Duhh K

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Hi all.
I've got a problem with the Android Auto voice actions: if I press the voice-icon and start talking, the voice command won't stop listening when I'm done, due to my loud engine noises. After some seconds it just aborts and fails. Is there a way to configure the microphone sensitivity or some other way to tell Android Auto to stop listening to this background noise? (it works if I'm parking and my engine is turned off)
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I'm using a Pioneer AVIC-F77DAB. I think the problem is that the microphone is hearing too much (the engine). The microphone itself is right above me.
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Wayne Piekarski
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+Joshua Gordon introduces Android Auto Voice Actions (e.g., “Play [+] on [+]”). These help users find and automatically playback your +’s audio content.
 
100 days of Google Dev, Episode 50/100

Josh Gordon introduces Android Auto Voice Actions (e.g., “Play [+] on [+]”). These help users find and automatically playback your +’s audio content.

#GoogleDev100

https://goo.gl/jjWz4P
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Eric Butler

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Hello,

I'm not sure if I can get help on this here but I'll give it a shot.

I'm the author of a podcast app called DoggCatcher.  I have a version of my app in the alpha channel that supports auto, however my production version does not yet (no auto declaration in the manifest).

My production version of the app, which does not yet support auto, was rejected because it does not support auto.  So I'm currently unable to release any updates to my production app.  I've replied to the rejection email I received but in the past it has been days or weeks to get a response back.

Is there someone I can contact to get this resolved?

Thanks in advance.
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I'm pretty sure the app was prevented from reaching google play.  There was a warning in the dev console saying that the app was not published.

It all worked out though.  I just resubmitted the same app with a newer version number and it was approved.

Thanks for the help.
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hari prasath

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Hello everyone.I am not sure if this question is already asked over here. If so,please excuse me for reposting.

I want to add Android Auto support to my embedded Linux device which is a automotive infotainment system based on imx.6. What needs to be added on the target to get Android Auto working ?
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+Wayne Piekarski Thanks for your response.What exactly is that required ? Any idea when it will be made publicly available ?
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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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Tried deleting/wiping data from all Google apps but nothing worked. Did a factory reset on my phone and all is working now.
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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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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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