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Hi all,
first real question...

My other half's iphone connects fine to our scout, but I'm an Android user. I've installed the latest Android Auto on my handset (wileyfox swift 2) but it doesn't connect when I plug it into the USB, and activating it manually makes no difference.

Handily enough, my contract finished a while back so looking for a new phone - wondering what phones people are using that work with Android Auto or MirrorLink? And which is better of those two?

Cheers,
Simon
 

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I use Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) running Nougat (Android 7.0)
i only connect via bluetooth, which connects perfectly, so cannot help with other connectivity - sorry.
 

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Colin, can you get the apps via bluetooth - I thought they needed a wired connection?
 

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To be honest I haven't tried.
I am so old fashioned ;) I haven't felt the need. I don't have the car connected to the internet either as I am retired so I don't need it for business & it is actually nice to have a pause from t'internet.
My 'phone gets any emails and texts.
So I only BT it so that I can make and answer calls.
I must admit, I do think cars are getting far too techy.
I am just waiting for the first Mway pile up caused by some idiot engrossed in web surfing while driving.
But then I am only an old dinosaur :lol:
 

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Certain features can only be had if you boot into Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. I certainly do not use these features. I presume neither does Colin, so us two are not the best people to inform you about using these features.

What I will say is:
A colleague of mine uses Apple CarPlay in his car (not a Skoda) and he *has* to connect to his entertainment unit using USB. It will not work over BlueTooth.
God knows what he does while driving that requires these features.

For placing and receiving phone calls, and to play music from your phone - all over BlueTooth - you do not need Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The Columbus system itself performs these features perfectly.
 

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glenlivetguy said:
Hi all,
first real question...

My other half's iphone connects fine to our scout, but I'm an Android user. I've installed the latest Android Auto on my handset (wileyfox swift 2) but it doesn't connect when I plug it into the USB, and activating it manually makes no difference.

Handily enough, my contract finished a while back so looking for a new phone - wondering what phones people are using that work with Android Auto or MirrorLink? And which is better of those two?

Cheers,
Simon
Android auto should work with any Android phone I would have thought. It's rubbish regardless.

Mirrorlink will only work with phones that are licensed for it. My Oneplus 3 won't connect to it but my works Samdung S5 does. I'd prefer to have use of Mirrorlink than Android Auto but I can't say I've got a real use for either. I'm always using the Columbus navigation because I've got no sense of direction and I don't live where I grew up though so I always make sure the car's connecting to my phone's hotspot for traffic evasion.

Bluetooth is good enough for connecting and playing music via Google music/Spotify etc.

Edit: I meant to give you this link to compatible Mirrorlink phones. I'd suspect that any phone from the listed manufacturers will be licensed whether listed or not https://mirrorlink.com/phones
 

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Android Auto currently requires a USB connection, although Android Auto over Bluetooth is apparently in the offing.

I had a Google Nexus 5X which worked fine although the phones processor speed made it a little laggy at times. Don't forget that with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay the processing is done on the phone and the car head unit is simply a display, so the more powerful your phone the better the experience.

I now have a Google Pixel 2 and it's silky smooth. Way way better than with the Nexus 5X.

I use Android Auto most of the time now as I find Google Maps or Waze much better than the built in Sat nav when it comes to traffic and disruption and avoiding them. It also gives me access to podcast apps from my phone and various music apps which I use (Beyondpod, Google Play Music, Deezer, Audible, Spotify etc).

Being Google, it generally knows what I'm up to before I do, so when I get in the car and plug the phone in, the home screen is more than likely already showing a link to the place I want to go to if I've either been searching for a location using Google Maps, or it's in my Calendar.

Another plus of Android Auto is that you've got access to the Google Assistant which is infinitely more powerful than the built in voice control.

I'm not an Apple user so haven't really player with CarPlay but I'd assume it does similar stuff.
 

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For a list of compatible phones by model and which services are suppoted by phone/infotainment system go here:

https://compatibilitylist.skoda-auto.com

Android Auto requires a USB connection but its pretty pants anyway so i wouldnt bother.
 

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hello

It's ok with latest samsung.

And by the way, i have an iphone, car play is very confortable to access podcast
Deezer is ok also

With android, you can get Waze on your main screen, useful to avoid traffic jams in big cities. unfortunately, Apple is blocking it on car play to avoid competition with her own maps application....

Have a nice day
 

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I use Andoid Auto on my OnePlus 3 with a sideloaded APK since it isn't officially available here in Sweden. It works fine, but I don't like how you can't seem to disable the default widgets. (Shared Spotify account with wife, if she's playing music and I plug in my phone, then her stream gets interrupted and is transferred to the car instead)

I usually hook up my iPhone with Car Play though, and then have Waze running on my Andoid phone at the same time. Usually just use Car Play for calls and podcasts, but Apple Maps can be handy in unfamiliar places since, unlike Waze, it can tell me which lane I should be on.
 

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bother said:
Android Auto currently requires a USB connection, although Android Auto over Bluetooth is apparently in the offing.
Bluetooth connection has Just been launched in North America. The required hardware is very specific though, suggesting that it would take more than a software update in your ICE to make it work.
 

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My Android Auto never seems to find a GPS signal after I plug it in. I select "home" or "work" but even after my 30 mile commute the Android Auto screen is still dancing about trying to find the GPS. Google maps on my phone works absolutely fine straight away. Anyone any ideas???
 

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My Android Auto never seems to find a GPS signal after I plug it in. I select "home" or "work" but even after my 30 mile commute the Android Auto screen is still dancing about trying to find the GPS. Google maps on my phone works absolutely fine straight away. Anyone any ideas???
Turn off any energy saving features that your android phone has.
 

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Yes i was having the same problem with my Samsung . Turn off energy saving or any form of battery saver and make sure you have a good quality cable .
 

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My Android Auto never seems to find a GPS signal after I plug it in. I select "home" or "work" but even after my 30 mile commute the Android Auto screen is still dancing about trying to find the GPS. Google maps on my phone works absolutely fine straight away. Anyone any ideas???
Does your Android Auto app have 'location' permission enabled?

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I'm using android auto fine on my pixel, it looks good in 1080 mode. It allows me to use stitcher for my podcasts whilst using Google assistant and Waze for navigation.
The new version of android auto has been released which supports wireless but due to the data requirements its over localised WiFi hot-spot not Bluetooth and requires compatible head unit, not sure yet if columbus will be able to support it via a firmware update or we'll need a hardware swap to use it. Personally I find the cable fine and only use it for motorway trips.
 
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