Google confirms Pixel 3 Android Auto no media audio issue, fix coming
Update (October 25): Looks like the latest Google Play Services beta (14.5.70) contains the fix. More info here.
Original story follows:
While you may already be aware by now that Google has started rolling out fix for the unsaved photos camera bug to Pixel 3 and previous generation Pixel units, there’s another critical issue that the company has acknowledged. It’s related to Android Auto and was specifically being reported by Pixel 3 users.
We were the first media publication to highlight the problem yesterday. To give you a quick idea about the issue, quite a few users have been reporting that there’s no media audio when their Pixel 3 is connected to Android Auto headunit through a USB cable.
Complainants specifically confirmed the problem doesn’t crop up if they use any of their previous generation Pixels in the same setup. Don from the Android Auto team have been asking for bug reports all this while, and finally today, they officially acknowledged the problem saying a fix will be made available soon.
Here’s what exactly they said:
Thanks for the responses, and to those that captured and reported back with a bug report. The fix will be released in the upcoming Google Play services update
So you can see, the issue seems to be present in Google Play Services, and as Don confirmed, the next Play Services update will fix it. Sadly, there was no word on when the update in question will arrive, although those on Play Services beta have started confirming the fix is there. Given that Pixel 3 is a brand new phone, it’s reasonable to expect that Google will roll out the update sooner than later.
It’s worth mentioning here that the next Play Services update will also feature fix for the Android Auto volume control issue.
Rest assured, we will let you know as and when that happens. Meanwhile, do let us know your experience with the Pixel 3. Have you been facing any of these issues we discussed here? There are a couple of other problems that Google is yet to acknowledge, including speaker buzzing or distorted speaker sounds and killing of background apps.
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