[Updated] Some Android Auto users yet to receive the Coolwalk UI update, but there's a potential workaround
Here’s the crux of the article in video form
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on Jan. 16, 2023) follows:
Developed by Google, Android Auto replicates the features of an Android smartphone on an infotainment system installed on a car’s dashboard.
It helps one get assistance in navigating while en route to a location, receive and view important calls and messages, and much more.
It also allows one to enjoy their favorite tracks on the go and to search for information on the Web.
However, Android Auto is also prone to various bugs and issues. For instance, we recently covered an issue where Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro owners faced connectivity issues with Android Auto.
Some Android Auto users yet to receive the Coolwalk UI update
According to reports (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10), multiple users are facing issues updating to the latest Coolwalk UI on their Android Auto app.
Announced back in May 2022, Coolwalk is the newly developed user interface for Android Auto, transforming the Android Auto experience and making it easier for one to interact with the apps.
This has added support for the ‘Split-screen’ mode, allowing one to have multiple apps displayed side-by-side on the same screen.
Even though reports regarding its global release and availability have surfaced over the web, some are yet to get their hands on the new and enhanced UI. Also, such reports have spread confusion among Android Auto users.
I have been excited for the Coolwalk since it first leaked. I really like CarPlay being able to see music and maps at the same time so I’m wanting to switch back. I’ve tried on 3 phones and 2 cars and 2 google accounts and I still don’t have Coolwalk.
I updated android auto on my s22 ultra via the apk. The version is showing as 8.6.625003 but nothing has changed, it looks the same when I use it in my truck. 2021 Tacoma wireless android auto with aawireless. Does anyone have an idea on how to get it working?
Some even complain that they got access to the updated UI for a day or two, after which it automatically rolled back to its previous iteration.
Even though some have tried to clear the cache or app data, update the firmware on their car’s infotainment unit, and restart their phone, nothing seems to work.
Users are frustrated by the extremely slow rollout of the update and have requested the developers to provide them with an ETA for the same.
No official response, but there’s a workaround
Unfortunately, Google has not yet responded officially on the matter. Fortunately, we did come across a potential workaround that may help solve the problem for some.
It’s recommended resetting Google Play Services so as to get assigned a new user ID and allowed to proceed for the upgrade towards the new Coolwalk UI.
But it is worth noting that resetting Google Play Services may also erase your credit card information in the Google Wallet app.
Alternatively, affected users can also try downgrading to an earlier app build in order to get rid of the issue as suggested here.
That said, we’ll keep an eye on the issue where some Android Auto users haven’t received the Coolwalk UI update and let you know when something noteworthy comes up.
Update 1 (Jan. 17, 2023)
02:00 pm (IST): At the time of writing this update, a poll by 9to5Google suggest that a majority of users (89.79%) who voted haven’t yet received the new Coolwalk UI update.
Note: We have more such stories in our dedicated Android Auto bugs, issues & new features tracker section so be sure to follow them as well.
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