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Has anyone hacked the new AA APK to support phone mode?

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alaninsitges

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Now that I stupidly upgraded to Android 12 on my Pixel, I can no longer use AA on my phone. For those who don't know, Google replaced AA's phone mode with Maps' "driving mode", which is a portrait-only mess of mostly-useless widgets. My car is never going to be able to have real Android Auto, so I'm stuck with phone mode, which has worked great for years.

Anyone know what would be involved in getting an older APK for run on Android 12? Or hacking the current version to show the phone mode UI again?
 
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pieteckhart

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I have a similar problem. I've also upgraded to android 12 so I can't use Android auto anymore. After updating it did launch at first but I guess it auto updated to a version that disabled it on Android 12. So it seems that android 12 can run it just fine.

I'm perfectly willing to try out the new driving mode but I'm living in the Netherland which is not a supported county at the moment.

So google basically removed a feature I used every day without providing me with an alternative.

So I'm hoping there will be modified asks that will skip the android 12 check or some way to enable driving mode In unsupported countries. I don't mind driving in portret mode (I'll take anything at the moment), but would prefer landscape.
 
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pieteckhart

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I found an interesting workaround in running the Headunit Reloaded app in Self Mode.

Seems to work fine on Android 12 🙂.
It provides the same interface that build in Android Auto car units would have, so it differs a bit from the mounted phone version.
Search the forum for more information.

It's a paid app though.
 
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pgunning1

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I think many have this issue with AA car mode. I'm in the UK and have this issue also my poco F1 won't allow AA to backdate an install without root.

All I want is for the 0hone AA to show calendar entries and weather would be awesome. I loved the original AA but it's very dull on current phones.

Can anyone help or assist with a custom apk or know of one, that can be installed normally and work as it used too. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks
 

Samuel Holland

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They have cardashdroid. I'm still on eleven and this morning after the last aa update I seen it looked like aa aiontweaker was not working anymore or at least I didn't have split screen. I'm on OnePlus 9 pro and haven't updated because I didn't want to lose some features.
 

pgunning1

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can you uninstall AA and reinstall with older version?
Hi thanks for the question, no an unrooted Poco F1 won't let you uninstall or back date to an older app.

I've tried the AA for screens but it doesn't do calender entries, so I have to input all the time where I'm going and weather isn't there, although not critical, I did love this feature.

It's just a blank screen and even texts aren't read now, so it's killed the app for driving. Older cars in the UK don't have onboard screens and I'd rather use the phone for traffic updates than an bad sat nav.

Itnwasnonce a great app but not anymore.

So any chance of customising the app for these basic functions would be great.

Atb
 

musichem

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Also, I don't think an older APK will help. It seems to be a server side switch. My Android Auto continued working right after upgrading to 12, but after a couple of hours, it quit working and redirects to the "no longer supported" screen. I think we'd need to spoof the Android version somehow, which is something I can't begin to guess at how to do.
 

pgunning1

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That's a shame I was hoping that at least the calendar could be integrated, I noticed that in permissions calandar is disabled, other permissions are allowed. So I was assuming that if the permission could be enabled that calendar entries could appear if encoded to display etc. I didn't think it was all server based as why would they remove the permission?

Just a thought anyway.

Atb
 

Polidt

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Guys, what about running AA on Android 10? I was using aa for phone screens on my huawei p30 and it just stopped working without any update 😭
 

pgunning1

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Yep ggogle have basically stopped any alterations or updates on my phone's to AA. So it's a dead duck it water I can't even use Waze as an alternative!

If a modded AA could be created, with local weather and calender shown that would be great, and the option of Waze again.

Atb
 
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I found an interesting workaround in running the Headunit Reloaded app in Self Mode.

Seems to work fine on Android 12 🙂.
It provides the same interface that build in Android Auto car units would have, so it differs a bit from the mounted phone version.
Search the forum for more information.

It's a paid app though.
How are you running 'Self Mode' on an Android 12 phone? Mine doesn't seem to work when I try to start it
That being said the only workaround I've found is to use another phone (Android <12) as the master by turning ON hotspot, open HUR on the Android 12 phone and click the wifi icon
 

pieteckhart

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How are you running 'Self Mode' on an Android 12 phone? Mine doesn't seem to work when I try to start it
That being said the only workaround I've found is to use another phone (Android <12) as the master by turning ON hotspot, open HUR on the Android 12 phone and click the wifi icon
Maybe you still need to "Start head unit server" in the Android Auto app?
I only found out about it after taking the time to read the instructions ;)

You first need to enter developer mode:

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After that you have a new menu option:

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    Now that I stupidly upgraded to Android 12 on my Pixel, I can no longer use AA on my phone. For those who don't know, Google replaced AA's phone mode with Maps' "driving mode", which is a portrait-only mess of mostly-useless widgets. My car is never going to be able to have real Android Auto, so I'm stuck with phone mode, which has worked great for years.

    Anyone know what would be involved in getting an older APK for run on Android 12? Or hacking the current version to show the phone mode UI again?
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    I have a similar problem. I've also upgraded to android 12 so I can't use Android auto anymore. After updating it did launch at first but I guess it auto updated to a version that disabled it on Android 12. So it seems that android 12 can run it just fine.

    I'm perfectly willing to try out the new driving mode but I'm living in the Netherland which is not a supported county at the moment.

    So google basically removed a feature I used every day without providing me with an alternative.

    So I'm hoping there will be modified asks that will skip the android 12 check or some way to enable driving mode In unsupported countries. I don't mind driving in portret mode (I'll take anything at the moment), but would prefer landscape.
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    I found an interesting workaround in running the Headunit Reloaded app in Self Mode.

    Seems to work fine on Android 12 🙂.
    It provides the same interface that build in Android Auto car units would have, so it differs a bit from the mounted phone version.
    Search the forum for more information.

    It's a paid app though.