A number of users are reporting that Huawei phones aren’t working with Android Auto, and there’s currently no fix in sight.
If you’re a fan of the features that Android Auto provides to your car, it may be in your best interest to avoid Huawei phones. While the majority of phones work with Android Auto without a hitch, Huawei phones seem to be giving the majority of people issues, and while there’s a fix in the works there’s no word on when we’ll see it implemented.
Google has come out and confirmed that the problem is with Huawei phones rather than Android Auto, stating on their forums that “Huawei has a fix for the problem on many of their devices, and is working with different carriers to test and roll out those fixes.”
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Pinunikaweb reports that Huawei said similarly in an email, stating “Huawei is currently working on providing a fix to this issue. Unfortunately, we don’t have official information regarding when the issue will be solved. In the meantime, please make sure that your device is up to date (by checking in Settings > Updater or in the HiCare app. Also, the release of Android 7.0 Nougat has already started. It is released in batches, so check the HiCare App from time to time and make sure the updates are set to automatic (Settings > Updater).”
This is all well and good, but when you consider that these statements were made more than a year ago, many are starting to wonder if the issues with Huawei phones not working with Android Auto will ever be addressed.
There are some Huawei phones that work with Android Auto, but the majority do not. The phones confirmed to not work with the functionality include the Huawei P8, Huawei P8 Lite, Huawei P9, Huawei P9 Lite, Huawei P9 Plus, Huawei P10, Huawei P10 Lite, Huawei P10 Plus, Huawei Mate 8, Huawei Mate 9, Huawei Mate 9 Pro, Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 10 Lite, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Honor 6, Honor 6X, Honor 7X, Honor 8, and Honor 9.
What is especially shocking is that Huawei’s most recent flagships – released in late 2017 long after the company was made aware of the issues with compatibility with Android Auto – still don’t play nice with the functionality. If Huawei is truly still working on a solution for this compatibility issue, they’re certainly taking their time.
Pinuikaweb collected some user complaints from around the web that illustrate the issue.
“I’ve been using Android Auto in my 2016 Holden Spark for the last 12 months with my Samsung Galaxy S7 and I’ve come to rely on it and I’m self employed so I need to take phone calls often and I use the navigation for getting around to clients homes. I just upgraded my phone to a Huawei mate 10 today and went to use it this evening in the car and when I plugged it in the monitor in the car went completely black. Android Auto opened on my phone display but I couldn’t hear anything. I used it with the cord which came with my Huawei mate 10, not another random cord. Please tell me that this is going to be fixed soon?”
“It’s really incredible that this issue has not been fixed yet. I have issues too with my Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Android Auto. It’s supposed to be a “flagship” device and it doesn’t work with Android Auto. Wtf?”
Hopefully the company stops dragging their feet and releases a fix to allow Huawei phones to interface with Android Auto, as it’s certainly causing a lot of issues. If you rely on the functionality, it may be wise to avoid Huawei for the time being.