The Galaxy S7 has been out for a few weeks now, actually three weeks ago today it launched. And it’s getting praise left and right, as it should. The Galaxy S7 and it’s larger (and sexier) brother, the Galaxy S7 Edge are great smartphones, perhaps the best smartphones available right now. But for those of us with Android Auto, there’s a big issue. Neither model works with Android Auto right now. Obviously that’s a pretty small niche market, but still worth talking about. It’s a strange issue, as some are seeing issues and others are seeing Android Auto freezing about 10 seconds into using it. This should have been something that Samsung and Google worked out before release. Seeing as the LG G5 – also announced at Mobile World Congress – works just fine with Android Auto.
When Android Auto first came out, we saw quite a few smartphones that didn’t work with Android Auto, but after a software update, it worked just fine. That is likely the solution we’ll see here with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, but it’s still something that should have been worked out before being made available worldwide. It’s likely a small issue that needs to be fixed in the software, and we’ll see a fix eventually, and due to the small market of people that use Android Auto, it’s likely why the issue was overlooked. This isn’t a US issue either, as users with the unlocked version in the UK are seeing the same issue with Android Auto. So not only is it not due to the software loaded on the US variants thanks to the carriers, but it also has nothing to do with the processor.
It’ll be fixed soon, but it is a bit of a shame that the $700+ smartphone you just bought, freezes up with Android Auto in your car. Samsung will get it fixed, eventually. Unfortunately, it likely won’t be high on their bug fix list, and it may be a good while before it is actually updated to work with Android Auto, and it’s not just happening with third-party head units either.