With Android 11 finally available for early devices, it’s obvious that many people are rushing to install it, especially as it brings so many improvements on so many fronts.
On the other hand, as far as Android Auto users are concerned, updating their devices to Android Auto appears to be Russian roulette, as they may end up missing essential features in their cars.
First of all, it’s the Calendar app that suddenly disappears for some. Google has already confirmed that this only happens on devices that aren’t running Android Auto 5.6, so the workaround here is to simply upgrade to this latest version of the app.
Then, the music playing is stopped in all players including Spotify and YouTube Music. There̵
And now, users are complaining about dropped phone calls, as making or receiving calls on Android Auto after the phone is updated to Android 11 is no longer possible.
“Making or receiving phone calls is impossible now in Android Auto. All calls are redirected to the phone without the possibility of using the car head unit. I tried a new USB cable and the problem continued. I used wireless Android Auto and the problem continued. The only thing that worked was going back to Android 10 with the August security patch,“A Google Pixel 4a owner who recently installed Android 11 explained in Google forums.
So technically what happens is that every time you try to make a call or someone calls you, the audio is not sent to your car speakers and the phone UI only appears on mobile devices.
Needless to say, this isn’t necessarily good news for Android Auto as it makes it harder to make or receive calls behind the wheel, so hopefully Google is already looking into this and working on a solution.