Unbundled Apps Release Notes

Unbundled apps are those not included in the Android Automotive OS (AAOS) system image. They're listed below. To learn how to integrate unbundled apps into vehicles, see the Integration Guide.

Car-apps-release-9

Tag: ub-automotive-master-20240125

Media Center

New features

Car media analytics. Media Center analytics now provide third party Media apps metrics to help provide a better media experience to users. Analytics enables third party apps to receive real-time feedback on user behavior.

Issues addressed

  • NullPointer exception no longer occurs when a menu is selected from the Overflow menu.
  • Analytics: Queue items visibility change is now reported when closing or opening.
  • Analytics: Queue list reported as browse and now reports hiding items.
  • Analytics: Incorrect data is no longer sent when tapping a search result.
  • Analytics now appear after clearing a search query.
  • Refactor from single to multiple media activities each with its own media source.
  • MediaCenter no longer crashes from the user interface.
  • Reinstalling the TestMediaApp no longer causes MediaCenter to crash.
  • Adding a fade vertical scrollbar to browse_nodeCannot no longer switches to Bluetooth audio after playing the radio.

Calendar

Issues addressed

  • Calendar no longer crashes after enabling sync on an iPhone.

Car-apps-release-8

Tag: ub-automotive-master-20231102

Media Center

Issues addressed

  • Opening an app doesn't switch to the browser view from the NPV Dialer.

Dialer

Issues addressed

  • The Microphone and Ongoing Phone call user interfaces do not display when a vehicle is started.

Car-apps-release-7

Tag: ub-automotive-master-20231011

Media Center

Issues addressed

  • A song selected in Spotify plays but NPV still shows the previous app.
  • CarMediaService now informs MediaConnectorService which component to start.

Media

Issues addressed

  • Tapping on a category grid has been improved.

Messaging

Issues addressed

  • The message "Bluetooth disconnected" is displayed in the SMS app when a device is paired.
  • When a Bluetooth device is connected, the SMS app displays a misleading message that Bluetooth is disconnected.

Car-apps-release-6

Dialer

Issues addressed

  • When the Home Phone card and Dialer are switched multiple times, the phone call in progress on a full screen no longer displays the Dialer Contacts page.

Media Center

Issues addressed

  • The linear progress bar in the Now Playing view now displays.

Car-apps-release-5

Car Settings

Issues addressed

  • The Add Network page crashes when the Network name is tapped.

Chassis

Issues addressed

  • On the Playstore page, Assistant doesn't display some pages even when the user is signed in.
  • After a reboot, the Home page and Apps launcher don't launch com.android.car.carlauncher.

Dialer

Issues addressed

  • On the Dialer contact profile, the Back (>) icon goes to Contacts when toggling between Day and Night modes.

Media

Issues addressed

  • The Now Playing View is slow to update to a new media source.
  • Album art and Nature files display invisible links.
  • The Playlist button should not be dimmed by default.

Media Center

New features

  • Implement playback view links.

Issues addressed

  • Regression. The TMA browse tree shows content even when the account type is none.
  • Reinstalling TestMediaApp no longer causes Media Center to crash.
  • The Media Center shows "No Title" in the Media bar when switching from Radio to BT audio.
  • The current song is not displayed in the Media Center.
  • Spotify. The selected song does not play.

SMS

Issues addressed

  • The SMS app crashes and can't be launched.
  • MMS header. Neither the from: contact nor the third contact are displayed.

Car-apps-release-4

Dialer

Issues addressed

Fixed issue where the Dialer was launching multiple UI contents that was not localized to RTL.

Media center

New features

  • Added Custom Browse Action Constants for Media 1 in androidx.media.

Issues addressed

  • Fixed an issue where users had to select song on the Phone when driving.

Car-apps-release-3

All apps

Issues addressed

Car Launcher crashing when launching AllApps and Dialer from Facet bar

Car UI library

Issues addressed

fixed a bug that caused the Playstore app to crash.

Chassis

Issues addressed

Added new chassis (car-ui-lib) proxy classes.

Dialer

Issues addressed

Fixed issue where the contacts avatar was not displaying properly in dialer, contacts, and favorites.

Media center

Issues addressed

  • Fixed an issue where a YouTube Music message displays in a Spotify Message.
  • Fixed an issue with the News app not showing content.
  • Fixed an issue that wasn't displaying the Top of Media tree to all apps.
  • Fixed an issue causing app content to not appear after switching from Bluetooth to any media app.

Car-apps-release-2

Car rotary library

Issues addressed

Fix the corners and the buttons as described in the specifications for the Permission dialog.

Dialer

Issues addressed

  • Fix Dialer's Gradle lint errors.
  • Added ProGuard to Dialer’s Gradle release builds.
  • Launch the Dialer incall UI from the system status bar when Active Call is turned off in Phone Settings.
  • Fix failing unit tests due to Resources$NotFoundException.

Media

Issues addressed

  • Android Automotive Media Player ignores METADATA_KEY_DISPLAY_SUBTITLE and METADATA_KEY_DISPLAY_DESCRIPTION.
  • Media continuity:
    • How to handle media sources without playable items.
    • Investigate and implement independent playback in Media.

Car-apps-release-1

Dialer

New features

  • Added a Message button to missed call notification to use Direct Send to reply a missed call.
  • Testing build supports the adding of contacts with an ADB command.
  • Testing build supports the simulation of a fake Bluetooth connection when the user clicks Connect to Bluetooth.
  • Show the phone number for contacts in the incoming call heads-up notification.

Issues addressed

  • Accelerated the speed at which contacts and call logs are loaded and fix the contacts mismatch with different locales between a phone and the head unit.
  • Proguard Dialer APK to speed up on a cold start when built with tapas.
  • When no phones are connected, sped up cold start by moving the No Bluetooth Connection error page away from Dialog.
  • Fixed a crash when the percent sign (%) was entered in the Search box.
  • Enhanced support for Right-to-Left (RTL).
  • Fix duplicate incoming call HUNs if projected becomes active when an incoming call is ringing.
  • Removed android: resources and fixed a dialpad layout issue in which numbers were missing.

Media

New features

  • Added support for Car App Library powered third party settings and error (such as sign-in) pages.
  • Added support for per-item content styles.
  • Added optional progress bars for edia items in the Browse screen.

Issues addressed

  • Fixed NPE in MediaActivityController.
  • Fixed NPE in PlaybackViewModel.
  • Fixed IllegalArgumentException when the list of tabs changes after navigating into browse node.
  • When switching to a new app from the playback screen, don’t send media IDs from the old app to the new app.
  • Keep focus on the same Media button even when its action changes.
  • Add the projection app to the default custom_media_packages list.
  • Moved MenuItems from code to XML for use in RROs.
  • BrowseAdapter#generateViewData no longer creates empty items.

SMS

New features

  • Internationalization: Added string translations.
  • Updated the UI and UX to provide more clarity.
  • Updated the app icon.

Issues addressed

  • Created a testing build and set up unit tests, bringing test coverage to about 25%.
  • Exited the app instead of popping up the only fragment on the Back button, which displays a blank screen.
  • Fixed message preview overlapping other elements.
  • Fixed old messages being notified of in an HUN.
  • Fixed order dependent tests.
  • Removed trailing whitespaces in conversations.
  • Fixed muted conversations not updating in the Notification center after receiving a new message.
  • Fixed messages not appearing in notifications.
  • Fixed the conversation list not updating messages when the app is running in background.