After several weeks in open beta, Android Auto is now being updated to version 7.8 . It’s a stable and official update, so you don’t need an APK to install it, although if it doesn’t arrive you can also use this option. Given this new version, or any other that may appear, one of the questions we can ask ourselves is whether it is necessary to update it or not.
We tell you what new features it incorporates, if you should update the application and how you can do it in case you finally decide to carry it out. And if it hasn’t been updated already.
What’s new in Android Auto 7.8
Currently, the stable version of Android Auto 7.8 has arrived in the application stores of many users of this service. It is a cumulative update with bug fixes and performance improvements for a better user experience. At the functionality level there are no major changes.
In addition to bug fixes and improvements, the dark mode in the car UI is now more phone-independent and the Do Not Disturb functionality has been refined. We can’t see the Coolwalk interface yet, which will probably arrive in the summer months. It will most likely appear as a big change in version 8, or even before it.
If you were waiting for Coolwalk and it hasn’t arrived, or you are wondering if it is necessary to proceed with this update due to the few changes that you will see in it, we answer this question. It will also be useful for later versions.
Just worry about updating it on mobile
Both in this and in any update that occurs in Android Auto, it is recommended to proceed with its update. Although the application does not experience any major changes in functionality, one of the main reasons to update this application is the performance and security improvements that come in new updates. If you don’t update, you can put yourself in danger.
Android Auto updates do not usually have visible news, but these are usually included in the code and are prepared for Google to gradually activate them for their users. Having the latest version does not mean that you have the new features, but to access them you will have to update the application. Therefore, it is important that you update it as soon as possible.
It is recommended that you always do it to the latest stable version , the one you will find in the Google application store. You can also do this when apps aren’t stable or official, but the main reason to wait for them to hit your app store is that they don’t get released to all users at once in case there’s a problem or bug you don’t know about. these were counted to affect as few users as possible.
Although you can wait a few days after you can officially install the update, especially if you are one of the people who has experienced freezing problems in recent times to ensure that it does not happen again, it is best that you have it as soon as possible to avoid major security issues . In addition, in each update you will see improvements that you are interested in having.
This is even more important for people who have never installed it or do so very rarely, since their mobiles could be in danger. Cybercriminals take advantage of any vulnerability to enter users’ computers and achieve their goals.
Regarding whether you should update it in your car or what you should do about it, the truth is that you do not need to do anything in it. You only have to worry about it being updated on your smartphone because when it is connected to your car you will already have the latest version. If you do not know how to do it, we will tell you about it in the next few lines.
How to update to the latest version
To update Android Auto to the latest version, what you will have to do is:
- Open Play Store
- Check if your app is up to date
- You can search it directly
- You can also go to your account to Manage apps and device and see the available updates
- If you see a new version, hit update
- You can also have automatic updates (you can give the 3 points in the upper right and give update)
- Connect your mobile to the car so that this update reaches the car
What if you can’t find it or it starts to give you problems?
If you can’t find this or another update and you want to have it now, what you can do is download and install the APK that you’ll find here to update the application manually. You just have to find the latest version compatible with your vehicle. In any case, you can also wait for it to be in your application store since it should be there when it arrives.
If any update causes your phone or the Android Auto application to start giving you problems, you can always download the APK of the previous version that worked fine. Although this does not mean that you have Android Auto always out of date. After a few days try again or do it in the next stable update.