After an extensive wait, Google is now rolling out a fix for an problem that stopped users from using the Google Assistant entirely while linked to Android Auto.
In a post on the Android Auto support forum, this appeared to be a widespread problem, as the post accrued over 1,200 upvotes and a significant response from other affected users (h/t Android Police).
The original issue prevents you from sending messages while driving when connected for those who wonder what the heck we ‘re talking about. Instead, the following error messages (via Android Police) will get you across:
The initial query came from a user running Android 10 on a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and Google app version 10.93.8.21, but it was not an isolated event, judging by the initial response to the question. The bulk of complaints came from owners of Samsung Galaxy but some users were using devices from other OEMs, including OnePlus. Some reported downgrading from Android 10 to Android 9 Pie has solved the problems, but this just shouldn’t be a long-term solution.
Fortunately, the latest Google App update looks as if it solves the problem. A Google Group Specialist has confirmed this to state that:
If you’ve had problems with the Google Assistant and Android Auto then you should now have a proper “fix” to allow you to drive your vehicle absolutely hands-free.