Could you add "Android Auto" support to your phone app?

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Nov 5, 2021, 2:38:31 PM11/5/21
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I got a new Toyota this summer and it has, through a  USB data cable hookup, a feature called "Android Auto" - that puts the phone's navigation programs, like Waze and Google Maps, onto the car's large screen while it plays music from the phone's "Android Auto"-Compatible TuneIn Radio and Amazon Music apps through the car's amplifier and speakers. (It also can read aloud incoming text messages and take dictation for replies.)

But to play from Android BubbleUPnP I have to forego the data cable connection and use Bluetooth for BubbleUPnP, losing all the conveniences of Android Auto.

Could you investigate making Android BubbleUPnP "Android Auto" compatible? I'd gladly pay for it again if necessary.

Steve Bavin

Nov 5, 2021, 2:55:07 PM11/5/21
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I also would love this too, particularly the ability to have voice control pass requests to BubbleUPNP.

Steve Bavin

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Nov 5, 2021, 3:05:35 PM11/5/21
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While Android Auto will let you verbally ask TuneIn to play a particular radio station,  it turns your car stereo into a voice-controlled speakerphone and lets you tell Waze verbally where you want to drive to, if you try voice command with Amazon Music it says that feature has not been set up - so there are different levels of integration between apps and Android Auto.

Nov 5, 2021, 5:33:24 PM11/5/21
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Two important updates coming out of a drive I just took with my wife:

1)  Amazon Music does indeed accept voice command through Android Auto, so it may be that this is required for Android Auto integration (but this may not be that difficult - see below0.

But more importantly,  I accidentally discovered that 

2)  When I started playing an album through Android BubbleUPnP on the phone while the USB data cable was still connected to the dashboard (to see if I could use Bluetooth for that at the same time) I heard BubbleUPNP playing through the USB cable before I even went to turn the car's Bluetooth on  - but when I turned the volume control knob, the car stereo switched back over to the audio app that was selected, which was KJAZ's own Android app. However, if a college radio station can integrate it into Android Auto, it can't be that hard.

Next, on the dashboard's Android Auto screen I switched the active audio app to Amazon Music but I didn't choose anything to play - and then BubbleUPnP  was able to play through the car stereo unmolested - I could adjust its volume with the car's volume controls without the stereo being hijacked by another app. 

I still have to use the phone's screen to choose and play tracks, but I don't have to disconnect Android Auto and lose access to its other conveniences - the big screen map, or text and voice call integration.

Philip R Olenick

Nov 10, 2021, 6:41:35 PM11/10/21
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UPDATE: Tonight, when I turned the volume knob while playing music from my Android BubbleUPnP player, Amazon Music grabbed the stereo away and started playing from a play queue that I never set up, composed of tracks I've never heard of. I told the dash: "Amazon Music, clear the queue!" It answered "I'm sorry Dave, but I can't do that."

So on the the phone's screen I opened Amazon Music. Took it out of car mode and found the play queue, and at the bottom of the screen listing the tracks was the word "Clear." Tapped it and the queue was empty, and it went back to being able to sit and do nothing when I turned the volume control.

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