Google Android catch-all

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Fedaykin98 wrote:

...but I have had it randomly switch from Spotify to Amazon Music several times. I uninstalled Amazon Music and it hasn't switched to anything else.

Same issue. Swapping from Pocket Casts or Play Music to Amazon. Uninstalled Amazon Music an no more issues.

But I still don't want Maps up on my screen by default all the time! I don't need directions for my commute, thanks.

Amazon Music seems to be the common denominator; I've also had it randomly switch to that from Pocketcasts or YouTube Music.

Unfortunately it's what I have the lion's share of my personal music collection on so uninstalling it isn't a good solution for me. Here's hoping they fix whatever the bug is.

Also, has anyone had a thing where they have to physically unplug and replug their USB cable like 20x before it recognizes that your phone is connected? Once it connects it's fine for the rest of the trip, but for some reason it takes a bunch of retries before it connects that first time.

hbi2k wrote:

Amazon Music seems to be the common denominator; I've also had it randomly switch to that from Pocketcasts or YouTube Music.

Unfortunately it's what I have the lion's share of my personal music collection on so uninstalling it isn't a good solution for me. Here's hoping they fix whatever the bug is.

Also, has anyone had a thing where they have to physically unplug and replug their USB cable like 20x before it recognizes that your phone is connected? Once it connects it's fine for the rest of the trip, but for some reason it takes a bunch of retries before it connects that first time.

Connected for what? Is that the data connection in your vehicle?

Yeah, for displaying Google Maps and the rest of the Android Auto interface on the car's touchscreen.

hbi2k wrote:

Yeah, for displaying Google Maps and the rest of the Android Auto interface on the car's touchscreen.

Check both your cable and phone plug. Mine was not charging consistently, then not at all. Took a coffee stirrer in the office, cut it at a 45 degree angle, and ran it around the plug. Had some pocket lint and grass in there that had accumulated. Worked perfect ever since.

Could also be a flaky cable or even dirty/bad car plug.

hbi2k wrote:

Yeah, for displaying Google Maps and the rest of the Android Auto interface on the car's touchscreen.

Ah, I don't have the built-in one. I just run it off my phone with a mount.

My wife's thinking about an Android smart watch. She's got a Pixel 2, and with two kids running around, wants something to keep on her and get notifications when she leaves the phone somewhere else in the house.

I haven't looked into smart watches at all, but it seems like basically any Android Wear watch should do that. Since she's only really looking for basic stuff like getting text and email notifications, and maybe responding to them, we probably don't want to spend a ton.

Any recommendations for watches that are good and on a budget?

Chaz wrote:

My wife's thinking about an Android smart watch. She's got a Pixel 2, and with two kids running around, wants something to keep on her and get notifications when she leaves the phone somewhere else in the house.

I haven't looked into smart watches at all, but it seems like basically any Android Wear watch should do that. Since she's only really looking for basic stuff like getting text and email notifications, and maybe responding to them, we probably don't want to spend a ton.

Any recommendations for watches that are good and on a budget?

I'm looking myself but waiting to see if Google announces a Pixel watch next month. If not im getting a Fossil Gen 5. The consensus seems to say it's the best

If she exercises at all, the Garmin Forerunner 45S is amazing and much more watch like than smart watches I've seen. It's pretty small which is nice but the battery life is still good. Very reasonable at $200. I love it for running which is what I got it for, but I wear it all the time now for checking time, date, and notifications. It's real slick.

I have been eyeing the Fossil Gen 5 too, but the Fossil Sport looks like a good model if you are looking for something cheaper too.

kazar wrote:

I have been eyeing the Fossil Gen 5 too, but the Fossil Sport looks like a good model if you are looking for something cheaper too.

I've been using the Fossil Sport since January. Battery life sucks. On a typical day not running any watch apps the battery dies after 12 - 14 hours. If I'm using a watch app - I use Golf Pad Pro when I'm playing a round - then a single round (4 - 5 hours) will use 60% of the battery.

I've ordered the new Gen 5 as it's promising 50% more battery life than the Sport.

interesting. They both use the same CPU which was supposed to be what gives the gen 5 more battery. Maybe it has a better battery in it too.

I shall report back in a couple of weeks!