Android Auto is one of the more popular implementations of Android on devices, but it’s been somewhat restrictive with Google claiming certain restrictions are to do with safety. Now it seems that there’s been at least a little rolling back of at least one decision, with users now able to unlock their phones while connected to Android Auto.
Scott first noticed this on his device last night, with the phone now offering to let him – or more likely the intent is that his passenger – can unlock the phone while it’s connected to Android Auto.
There’s nothing announced about this new ability in the Google Play entry for Android Auto, and Scott is on V3.0.570554 of the app for those playing at home. There’s also nothing in the Google Support page for Android Auto.
Google may have made a mistake on this one, but for now at least you can offer your phone to the passenger to pick music etc. if they so desire. We still DO NOT recommend using your phone while driving.