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Old 12th August 2017, 14:39   #151
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Default Re: Android Auto update for owners of Maruti's older SmartPlay Infotainment System

I bought Ciaz Zxi version which at that point did not come with a touch screen, so had upgraded at the dealer to Sony XAV Ax100

https://www.amazon.com/Sony-XAV-AX10.../dp/B01MF9W0GU

Have been using AA for close to 5 months now. Keeping in mind some of the issues mentioned in this thread, here are some of my thoughts:

1) USB Cable - Always use a quality cable, a Samsung OEM cable works flawlessly ( especially the ones that have the fast charging capability). Beware of fake Samsung chargers.
2) Some of the really great apps are Google Play Music, Gaana & TuneIn Radio. With TuneIn radio, I have now stopped listening to ad infested local FM stations in Bangalore. Imagine listening to BBC or NPR in your car during your daily commute. India still has a ban on news on FM stations which AA suitably gets around. I think in few years FM will be history, mega disruption on the way by the likes of google and apple.
3) 4G is mandatory if you want to get the best out AA. Use a good plan as data consumption will go up significantly when using AA for music streaming. My average data consumption now is about 6 GB a month , went up by around 3 GB which I attribute to AA usage.
4) Desist from using the touch screen when driving, use the voice recognition rather. You will be amazed on how much google has perfected the technology. Whether its calling folks in your contact list or playing any song from the millions in the google play music database, you can use voice phrases. Eyes always on the road !
5) The app universe for AA is still evolving as google has a vetting process before they approve an app for use in AA. This is good for you as only those apps will make the cut which don't distract the driver.
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Old 15th August 2017, 20:25   #152
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After waiting for a long time for the official update, decided to take the plunge and install the 1740 update on my 2015 S-Cross. As observed in most cases the first flash failed at 96% and completed successfully the second time. Finally using Android Auto Big thanks to all bhpians on this thread, especially GTO, Sunejarahul and Dr.Naren, for sharing the files and their experiences.

My observations from some initial testing -
1. Could initiate navigation, make phone calls, play songs and read new text/WhatsApp messages using OK Google voice commands. But in few cases it fails to recognize the command.
2. Couldn't manage to select a specific route from amongst the options for navigation through voice commands. Had to select an option on the screen.
3. Google Play Music works well and I can select, change songs using voice commands.
4. Quality of calls made using Android Auto was very good, even for 10-15 minutes. But again I was stationary and wasn't moving while testing. Hopefully this should hold good on the move as well.

All in all extremely excited to use Android Auto and this will go a long way in hands-free operations while driving. Just hope Maruti pushes out the official update for my 2017 Baleno soon .
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