As you might have heard, I have a new car and a new phone. One result of which is that I now have the ability to hook my phone into the car’s systems for navigation and such (before, it was just audio via a headphone cable). I’ve installed the Android Auto app, which seems to have some good features, but there are certainly some weird things. So, I thought I’d ask the hivemind for any tips.
I’ve got two connection options: USB cable or Bluetooth. I prefer the cable because it also charges my phone, and it puts the display on the car’s touchscreen. If you use Bluetooth, no charging and the display stays on the phone. But, if I use the USB cable then I can’t use the “make a call” feature…says that only works on Bluetooth. Anyone know if there’s a setting to allow me to get the features of both connections?
Assuming that answer is no, another option would be to get one of those phone cradle things that you mount on your dash. Any suggestions for a good one? It would have to provide power and make it easy to use the phone’s screen (since I wouldn’t be using the car’s screen).
Also, Android Auto doesn’t seem to have an option for accessing existing text messages. It’ll pop up a notification if you get a new one (allowing you to listen/reply) but no way to get to existing messages. Anyone know if there’s a way to do that?