For as long as we’ve had Android Auto there has been one question above all else that has plagued users: Why oh why doesn’t it work with ‘OK Google’. Surely their in-car preferably hands-free interface is the number one place to have OK Google detection?

Well, whatever the reason it seems Google is finally rolling out OK Google hotword detection to the Android Auto App, for both standalone and in-dash systems. Unfortunately, it seems that the update is either US only, has a server side component or perhaps even both.

Despite sideloading the latest version of the app, none of the Ausdroid staff could get it working. The way to tell if it’s “worked” is to go into the voice settings in the Google app and check the working for “While driving”, if it says “Works in Google Maps” you’re not upgraded if it says “Works in Google Maps and Android Auto” you are. See below.

If you’ve got the update or you just noticed you’ve got the new functionality let us know, we really hope it’s just a normal Google slow rollout.

Source: Android Police.
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Works perfectly with my Nexus 6P


S7 edge working perfectly.


Working my Hyundai Tucson, Nexus 6P, Android 7.1.1 Preview 2 (Australian Account)

While Driving is Gray due to having Always on enable if you disable it then you can have a choice if on all the time or only while driving/maps.

if you’re having problems maybe just check the smart lock in Security settings as you might need to enable it and train you voice

Phill Edwards

Looks like mine updated, though I can’t turn it on.


Same as mine, if “From any screen” is turned on, the “While Driving” is greyed. However it still works, just test it in the Auto app.


working for me – Xperia z3 compact – Google app is latest beta, all set to Au

Simon Gascoigne

Works for me on Nexus 6P in a Skoda Fabia (my Google account is currently set to US)

James Cuneo

Works for me on s7 using google now launcher and android auto version from the play store.