2015 Hyundai Sonata: What I Don't Like About Android Auto
August 24, 2015
My number one complaint is what you see above. The Sonata couldn't find Google, even though my phone had a cell signal. This happened immediately after I had been driving in a subterranean parking garage with no reception.
Driving along topside for a few minutes didn't seem to fix the problem, nor did unplugging and replugging the USB cable. I ended up rebooting my phone, which is inconvenient when driving.
My second complaint involves the USB cable. I don't like having to use a physical cable, but Android Auto requires it. It's especially annoying with my oddball smartphone, a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. In order to provide a high level of water resistance, this phone has its micro USB port tucked behind a little plastic door.
It's not the sort of door you want to be prying open every day (it's delicate), so I have a Cruzerlite case that completely covers the door and instead exposes the phone's magnetic charge adapter port. To use Android Auto, I have to take the phone completely out of its case and expose its micro USB port.
This is absolutely a problem unique to my phone and wouldn't be an issue if I had something like a Samsung Galaxy S6. But it would be nice if I didn't need to use a USB cable at all. Note the unsightly nest of cords at the bottom of the Sonata's center stack since I was simultaneously using the 12-volt outlet. Meanwhile, Apple's CarPlay will allow a wireless connection once the company releases iOS 9.
I also have a couple of complaints about the actual Android Auto experience. I can't control the "cards" that come up on the Google Now-style home screen. For example, I didn't want to go to Togo's in Montebello, California, at that exact moment, but because I'd recently searched for it on my phone, I was forced to see it in the car.
Also, because Android Auto completely takes over the Sonata's central display, you don't have the option for split-screen navigation and radio information as you see here.
Mind you, I can still listen to 91.5 FM while using Google Maps navigation, but if I wanted to see that I'm listening to that station, I'd have to call up the secondary audio display in the instrument panel.
Finally, I don't like this screen.
I checked the box for "Do not display this notice again," but it's only good for one driving session. Once you start up the Hyundai for your next drive, you must again agree to the broad disclaimers that Android Auto reserves the right to disappoint you.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor