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Old 12th August 2017, 14:39   #151
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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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Old 21st August 2017, 12:12   #153
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Car: Baleno Alpha 1.2 - July 2017

The car came with V-0750 from the factory and only with Apple car play. Through some earlier posts, I came to know that, peculiarly, Android Auto doesn't work even after an update to V-1740, but was still itching to try.

As expected, Android Auto doesn't work even after installing V-1740. Decided to revert to V-0750. While doing this, the system even says that I am downgrading from a higher version and asks for confirmation. Anyway, successfully reverted back to 0750 without any hassles. Will have to wait for the official update from Maruti.

However, there's a minor niggle which I have noticed (Not related to the above) and need your inputs with.
  • As per the manual, the touchscreen infotainment system is expected to go into night mode the moment the pilots/headlights are switched on, which isn't happening.
  • It stays in day mode and gets uncomfortably bright at night (Especially if you're using the inbuilt navigation - Map doesn't go into night mode).
  • I have tried to change it manually under display setting of the HU, but it doesn't change. The only option for me is to reduce the brightness manually.

Any idea what might be the issue?
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I own a 2016 CIAZ. Today I updated the firmware to 1740 version. As mentioned earlier, the update failed at 96 % and succeeded in the next attempt.

However I do not see the android auto logo in the fourth quadrant. It still shows the old screen. Now if I choose settings I'm able to see android auto.

How do I reset the system
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I own a 2016 CIAZ. Today I updated the firmware to 1740 version. As mentioned earlier, the update failed at 96 % and succeeded in the next attempt.

However I do not see the android auto logo in the fourth quadrant. It still shows the old screen. Now if I choose settings I'm able to see android auto.

How do I reset the system
Aplogies for the back to back post.

Finally got my system upgraded to Android Auto. I'm not sure what happened from yesterday night to today evening.

Yesterday i did the following
1. Started with the regular update, It went fine till 96% then failed
2. Re initiated the update process, this time it was successful.
3. After the system re-booted, did not see any perceptive change as all my previous settings were untouched. The only difference was that the msic system booted quickly rather than the traditional "S" start
4. Thinking something went wrong, reintitated the upgrade, this time there was no failure and it went smoothly.
5. After update, the system rebooted, but connecting the cable did not start the Android Auto.
6. Left it at that last night as it was getting late and today evening, plugged in again.
This time the android auto initiated. Tested and found all things in order.

The buttons work in android auto mode. Only thing is to long press the button for the Ok Google prompt to appear.

Tested the calling function, dictated a few text messages & Whatsapp messages and tried navigation. The only downside is now to find a suitable music player for android auto which will enable playing of songs from the phone.

A big thanks to the community here especially Dr.Naren for initiating this thread.

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New version (1750.2) of the software should be out soon.

Bosch just released the open source code for the same (http://oss.bosch-cm.com/suzuki.html).

Hopefully this version will support Android Auto for newer models plus fix bugs.
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Also, I am planning to use a USB hub to connect both USBs (from where I play the music) and the phone (if required). Right now, it is one or the other. Crossing my fingers and hope it works.
Hello Aiel, did you manage to get the USB hub installed. Please do post results here as I'm also looking for installing one.

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Hello Aiel, did you manage to get the USB hub installed. Please do post results here as I'm also looking for installing one.

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I tried with one that I had lying at home. No devices connected to the hub and then to the USB were detected.

I have temporarily suspended my attempts.
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Has anyone tried the newer version 1750.2 and if AA works on the 2017 Scross.Thank you.
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I got my 2017 Baleno serviced last Sunday. The staff was oblivious to any information on the Smartplay firmware after version 750. Maintained that they have not received any official update from Maruti on this and that 1750 must still be under testing (case in point, the appearance of a version 1750.2.)

Looks like we will get an official firmware soon from Nexa itself. I will patiently wait till then.
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Looks like we will get an official firmware soon from Nexa itself. I will patiently wait till then.
First service of my Scross was completed on the weekend,SA initially said he does not have any info on when the next update is going to come but later said that its in testing phase currently and would take 3-4 months to be rolled out. Can't guarantee what was told by the SA, but will have to wait and watch.
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So I also tried my hands on Android Auto. As mentioned in a lot of posts, install works perfectly.

So I just wanted to share my observation.

Audio Quality: IMHO there is some difference in audio quality but it is not because of update. I observed the difference when playing via AA compared to good old Bluetooth. I might be wrong as I don't consider myself as an Audiophile

Battery Issue: I think this might be haunting many people, when using AA battery it will either remain constant or go down. I have not seen it go up a single percent (I am using Nexus 6P by the way). Thus it becomes useless for me as I drive minimum two hours every day in Delhi traffic so I don't want my battery drained when I reach work.

Solution: I tried a small DIY project of combining a charging cable and an extension cable, checked google for color coding and made the wires, so It will take power from my car charger and data connection will go to the car's usb port. I tried it and it worked ( Partially ) .

It was working but battery percent was still not going up ( I believe a 5 year old usb extension cable is the culprit here).

Anyways then I ordered some cable from Amazon, I am hoping it will solve my problem, will update soon with full details.

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Well, now that the S-Cross facelift is out and seems to have the same SmartPlay system only with Android Auto extra, is there any hope of a 2017-manufactured S-Cross to get Android Auto?
Would it be possible to flash the firmware of the new S-Cross’ SmartPlay system onto the previous-gen system?
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Has anyone tried the newer version 1750.2 and if AA works on the 2017 Scross.Thank you.
The facelift s-cross has Android Auto from the factory itself. It should be running a newer version of the software than the one that we got our hands on. This newer version should hopefully support the 2017 models of S-cross & Baleno. Of course, this is based on a somewhat educated guess.


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Well, now that the S-Cross facelift is out and seems to have the same SmartPlay system only with Android Auto extra, is there any hope of a 2017-manufactured S-Cross to get Android Auto?
Would it be possible to flash the firmware of the new S-Cross’ SmartPlay system onto the previous-gen system?
Possible, if we get the correct installation files. Which is very hard to obtain, look at it akin to an OTA file used for phone upgrades.
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So I also tried my hands on Android Auto. As mentioned in a lot of posts, install works perfectly.

So I just wanted to share my observation.

Audio Quality: IMHO there is some difference in audio quality but it is not because of update. I observed the difference when playing via AA compared to good old Bluetooth. I might be wrong as I don't consider myself as an Audiophile
Yes there is an improvement in the audio quality with AA. I've noticed them in my Ciaz, where the AA seems more refined.

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Battery Issue: I think this might be haunting many people, when using AA battery it will either remain constant or go down. I have not seen it go up a single percent (I am using Nexus 6P by the way). Thus it becomes useless for me as I drive minimum two hours every day in Delhi traffic so I don't want my battery drained when I reach work.
Check the cable, I do not have any such issues, the phone is being charged simultaneously while being used. So far I've not faced a situation where I had less charge at the end than when I started out.
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