Amazon Is Building the Android Auto Rival Google Never Wanted

But without a doubt, using Android Auto and CarPlay is for most people out there a natural thing to do, as the two come bundled with their phones, and theoretically, simply pairing the mobile devices with the head units should be enough to run them.

Amazon, however, hopes that you’ll soon give a try to Alexa as well as the company has revamped its mobile app for Android and iPhone with a massive update specifically aimed at drivers. It’s more of an alternative to Android Auto for phones, and there’s no doubt that Amazon is already exploring the ways it can bring this experience to the larger screen inside the car.

Alexa now sports a so-called Auto Mode that comprises four different screens, each with a very straightforward role. First of all, it’s the Home Screen, which provides access to frequent actions, shortcuts to play and pause music, navigate

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Google Pixel 4a gets auto-brightness and touch-sensitivity improvements via update

Google Pixel 4a gets auto-brightness and touch-sensitivity improvements via update

07 Oct 2020: Google Pixel 4a gets auto-brightness and touch-sensitivity improvements via update

Google has started rolling out a new update for the Pixel 4a, bringing a host of bug fixes and improvements to the recently-launched mid-ranger.

As per the changelog, the firmware improves the auto-rotation feature, auto-brightness response, and the touch sensitivity on the device.

It also addresses the issue in which devices stuck during boot and bumps the Android security patch to October 2020.

Fact: Details about the update

The update carries build number RP1A.201005.006 and is being rolled out in a phased manner via over-the-air method. Users will receive a notification once it becomes available on their device. To manually check for the update, you can go to Settings >System Updates.

Design and Display: Google Pixel 4a: At a glance

As far as its specifications are

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Fix Google Pixel’s Auto-Brightness Bug and More With the Latest Android Update

Google’s October Android security patch is rolling out today. These regular updates patch OS-level security bugs for all Android devices, but this month’s patch also has a number of bug fixes for Pixel devices running Android 11.

For example, take the Pixel 4a. It’s only been out since August, but owners have reported lagging and inaccurate auto-brightness adjustments when in rooms lit by LEDs and other high-intensity blubs.

Some users have also experienced poor responsiveness when using a screen cover on their device. Installing the October 2020 Security update should alleviate both of these issues, plus several others.

Google’s monthly update also addresses a number of security flaws—including six critical issues related to Qualcomm components—so there’s really no reason to dawdle with your download. That, and Google has patched up enough minor gripes that you’ll want to install the update if you use one of the supported Pixel

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Google is beefing up password security on mobile versions of Chrome

Google has rolled a series of security updates into the latest version of Chrome on Android and iOS, pushing the mobile browser toward parity with its desktop granddaddy. Chrome 86, the version that lands today, will support Safety Check on Android and iOS, Enhanced Safe Browsing on Android, and improved password-filling on iOS.

Google is also implementing a program that not only recognizes when a password has been compromised, but will take users directly to the appropriate “Change Password” form. This feature will be active in both Android and iOS versions of Chrome. It ties into Google’s Safety Check system, which scans for compromised passwords, ensures Chrome is up to date and checks whether Safe Browsing is on.

Android versions of Chrome are getting Enhanced Safe Browsing, an option that hit desktop browsers in May. Enhanced Safe Browsing shares data with Google in real-time and proactively checks for malware and

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Google Maps is testing Android Auto-like “car mode” interface for mobile app

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Google Maps might get a major makeover soon. A future update for the Google Maps mobile application is reported to bring an all-new car mode UI which is very similar to the current in-car navigation system found in Android Auto. 

Folks at Android Police have spotted a car mode interface within the Google Maps mobile application that resembles the Android Auto’s in-car look and feel.  

At the time of writing this article, we did not find the new update on any of our devices yet, but it’s being reported to arrive in a phased manner sometime later as Google is testing this feature on some with some of the users.

What’s new in

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Google Messages app will help declutter your inbox by auto-deleting OTP texts after 24 hours

TL;DR: Google is working on a feature that will let its Messages app detect one-time passwords (OTPs) messages piling up your SMS inbox and automatically delete them after 24 hours.

With the average user regularly accessing dozens of online services and accounts, using multi-factor authentication (MFA) means they’ll often have lots of expired OTP messages clogging their SMS inbox. Although deleting them on the spot (or later) is possible, it has to be done manually and usually doesn’t warrant as much attention as the service/account they’re trying to access.

Google is now working on a nifty new feature for its Messages app that should help users keep their inboxes neat and tidy by recognizing such messages and deleting them automatically after 24 hours. Since OTPs usually expire much sooner than that and have no future use, having them removed automatically is certainly a convenience.

Spotted by XDA Developers in an

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Google Maps Gets Dedicated Car UI. Much Like That Of Android Auto

Google Maps is set to receive an in car navigation UI very similar to that of Android Auto. As reported by Android Police, this is the first time we will see dedicated Android Auto-style buttons and home screen on Google Maps.

This comes as Google Maps began introducing its worldwide COVID layer. This was designed to provide users with local and national statistics on the virus.

The app has also worked on its ability to predict traffic patterns to provide better ETAs over recent weeks. The new update sees the app using Google’s DeepMind AI to better understand and predict traffic patterns.

Google Maps has previously had music playback controls show up in navigation before. However, this is a new step for Google Maps its self to have an in car UI.

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Google maps ready to receive in car UI

As the above screenshots show, the interface looks much like

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Google Confirms Essential Android Auto Feature Could Disappear on Android 11

Android 11 is now available for download, and this is good news not only for mobile users but also for those who turn to Android Auto for an upgraded experience behind the wheel.

And it’s all because Android 11 unlocks the Android Auto wireless mode for everybody, which means that you no longer have to own a Samsung or Google phone to use it. The only requirement now is a compatible head unit and a smartphone running Android 11.

Shortly after the Android 11 rollout kicked off, some Android Auto users noticed that the Calendar app, which Google announced with much fanfare last month, was no longer there when the new operating system was installed on their devices.

While nobody could tell why this happened, Google quickly started an investigation, and the company circled back a few hours ago to provide Android Auto users with more information and an easy

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Google Finds Fix for Critical Android Auto Bug Caused by Android 11 Update

Google has finally found the cause of the phone call problem on Android Auto powered by devices updated to Android 11.

The company officially announced the release of Android 11 earlier this month, at which point the first wave of devices, including its very own Pixel, were allowed to install this update.

Shortly after the first smartphones were updated, users started turning to Google’s forums to report various issues with Android Auto, including broken phone calls.

More specifically, some of those who installed Android 11 said the phone call didn’t start unless the device was unlocked, while others claimed that the sound was routed to the smartphone and not to the car’s speakers.

Google confirmed last week it was looking into the whole thing, and a few hours ago, the company finally came up with a fix that seems to bring things back to normal.

The issue appears to be

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Google Details the Android Auto Prerequisites for Android 11 Users

In other words, you no longer need a Google or Samsung phone for this feature, as pretty much every device running Android 11 can support the wireless connection.

But because lots of people seem to encounter issues with Android Auto wireless these days, Google has published an FAQ on its forums to provide more information on how exactly this feature is supposed to work. We’ve already known that for Android Auto wireless you need an Android 11 phone or a select Android 10 or Android 9 device, as well as a compatible head unit in the car, but Google now shares more details on these prerequisites.

First and foremost, the car must be equipped with a head unit that supports Android Auto wireless in the first place, and a member of the Android Auto team emphasizes on the forums that availability also depends on geography and trim level.

So for

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