1. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Update: Nexus 6 is now connecting fine after the 1.03 firmware update.

    Someone asked me about using the Nexus 6 with Android Auto, because it's being told by Android Auto Check that it's not supported. You'd think it'd work, right?

    But sure enough I plug in the Nexus 6 and it keeps thinking the car's in motion and won't let me set things up. Anyone else seeing this?

    FWIW, that check site said the Moto X 2014 wouldn't work, and it worked just fine.
    03-23-2015 10:38 AM
  2. Fleury14's Avatar
    Yup mine works fine. Any issues I had were user error.
    1. Using the mic that I already had installed in the car rather than the one that came with the unit.
    2. Not having the parking brake on while setting up the AA app.
    03-23-2015 11:00 AM
  3. E Murray's Avatar
    I installed it but it will not work. I assumed because I'm running 5.1 and not 5.0.

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    03-23-2015 11:02 AM
  4. Insp_Gadget's Avatar
    Well, I'm not using a Nexus 6, but as another data point, with my Nexus 5 I was unable to get it to activate Android Auto (or to even get my head unit to acknowledge a connection) until I turned on USB Debugging in the Developer Mode options.
    03-23-2015 11:09 AM
  5. Jeremy Barr's Avatar
    So USB debugging worked with your Nexus 5? I will have to wait and try that when I install my Pioneer AVH-4100NEX to see if that works.
    03-23-2015 12:26 PM
  6. Jeremy Barr's Avatar
    What phone do you have? Which unit did you try it on?
    03-23-2015 12:29 PM
  7. Insp_Gadget's Avatar
    So USB debugging worked with your Nexus 5? I will have to wait and try that when I install my Pioneer AVH-4100NEX to see if that works.
    Yes. I couldn't get my 8100NEX to even acknowledge the USB connection until I turned on USB Debugging.
    03-23-2015 12:30 PM
  8. Jeremy Barr's Avatar
    I used the Android Auto check site and that site said my phone wasn't compatible. I also tried plugging my device into the Pioneer AVH-4100NEX display unit at Best Buy and it wouldn't work. I thought it might have been the display unit not being wired incorrectly, but now I don't think so. Hopefully, it does work. Guess I will have to wait and see.
    03-23-2015 12:35 PM
  9. Jeremy Barr's Avatar
    Ok, I will give that a try when I get my AVH-4100NEX installed. Thank you for the heads up.
    03-23-2015 12:37 PM
  10. Insp_Gadget's Avatar
    Ok, I will give that a try when I get my AVH-4100NEX installed. Thank you for the heads up.
    Let us know if that solves the issue when you get a chance to try it.
    03-23-2015 01:09 PM
  11. Insp_Gadget's Avatar
    There is a new firmware out for the NEX head units, as of today. Firmware 1.03.

    NEX | Pioneer Electronics USA

    Check your firmware version. Mine was 1.01. I just updated. Going to see if that makes a difference for my USB Debugging issue.

    According to Pioneer:
    This firmware update (version 1.03) contains the following improvements:
    • Expanded compatibility with Google Android Auto™
    • Fixed a pop noise problem while playing a music file in SD
    • Minor bug fixes

    Update: Nope. It didn't fix the USB Debugging requirement for my system. Oh well. It's not a show-stopper.
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    03-23-2015 04:47 PM
  12. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Update: Nope. It didn't fix the USB Debugging requirement for my system. Oh well. It's not a show-stopper.
    That's just weird. FWIW, My N6 now connects just fine. (I've updated the OP)
    03-24-2015 09:04 AM
  13. Insp_Gadget's Avatar
    That's just weird. FWIW, My N6 now connects just fine. (I've updated the OP)
    Yeah, I have no idea why it's behaving this way. Might be something unique to the combination of a Nexus 5 (running stock Android 5.1), Android Auto, and the 8100NEX. As long as I have USB Debugging turned on, it works like a charm. And I know it's USB Debugging because I can do the following:

    1. Turn USB Debugging off.
    2. Plug the phone into the 8100NEX (Nothing happens).
    3. Go to the Developer settings on the Nexus 5 and turn on USB Debugging (while the phone is still plugged into the 8100NEX).
    4. Android Auto launches right away (before I even exit the phone's settings menus).

    So, whatever it is, it's consistent.

    Glad the firmware update fixed your Nexus 6 issue.
    03-24-2015 09:55 AM
  14. Jeremy Barr's Avatar
    OK, cool. Just a quick question, how do you have the Nexus 6 connected? Is it just the micro USB to USB cable? Is the cable Pioneer branded? Is the micro USB to USB cable all I need?
    03-24-2015 12:42 PM
  15. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    OK, cool. Just a quick question, how do you have the Nexus 6 connected? Is it just the micro USB to USB cable? Is the cable Pioneer branded? Is the micro USB to USB cable all I need?
    I've just used a couple cables I had laying around.
    03-24-2015 12:50 PM
  16. Insp_Gadget's Avatar
    OK, cool. Just a quick question, how do you have the Nexus 6 connected? Is it just the micro USB to USB cable? Is the cable Pioneer branded? Is the micro USB to USB cable all I need?
    The unit should come with a USB-A to USB-A extender cable. That cable is to be connected to USB Port 2 in the back of the unit. Your installer should then run that cable to a convenient location for you to access outside your dash. You then plug in your own USB-A to microUSB cable (just like your standard phone cable you've been using).

    (I recommend that you get your installer to also run a USB-A extender cable from USB Port 1 as well. That way you'll have access to both ports if you should decide you want to either attach another USB storage device or an iPhone for Car Play--which requires the use of USB Port 1.)
    03-24-2015 01:10 PM
  17. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    (I recommend that you get your installer to also run a USB-A extender cable from USB Port 1 as well. That way you'll have access to both ports if you should decide you want to either attach another USB storage device or an iPhone for Car Play--which requires the use of USB Port 1.)
    I haven't tested yet — confirmed CarPlay only works from USB1?
    03-24-2015 01:11 PM
  18. Insp_Gadget's Avatar
    I haven't tested yet — confirmed CarPlay only works from USB1?
    According to the instructions in the manual for the 8100NEX, Apple Car Play requires use of USB Port 1 and Android Auto requires USB Port 2. I'm assuming the same requirement exists on the 4100NEX, but I suggest you check the manual, just in case.
    03-24-2015 01:17 PM
  19. Jeremy Barr's Avatar
    Yes the manual says USB port 1 for Apple Car Play and USB port 2 for Android Auto.
    03-24-2015 01:33 PM
  20. Hummer645's Avatar
    My Nexus 6 wouldn't go through the Android Auto setup when I had my head until installed on Saturday (Pre-update to 1.03) until I applied the parking brake. Once I did that I got through the setup and have never had another issue with getting my N6 to connect.

    So if you are having issues, apply your parking brake to complete the initial setup!

    My issue right now is that Android Auto mutes my phone when connected as it should, and when I disconnect from my car and try to change the volume setting It says Android Auto- Muted and I cannot visually see the volume level change. It's weird. I have reboot to get it to function properly. It is still working that way after the update to 1.03.
    03-24-2015 01:44 PM
  21. Jeremy Barr's Avatar
    Did the firmware upgrade for the head unit. Android Auto will still only start up with USB debugging enabled on Nexus 6. Maybe when 5.1 is available that might be fixed. Still on 5.0.1

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-25-2015 07:07 PM
  22. Insp_Gadget's Avatar
    Did the firmware upgrade for the head unit. Android Auto will still only start up with USB debugging enabled on Nexus 6. Maybe when 5.1 is available that might be fixed. Still on 5.0.1

    Posted via the Android Central App
    I can tell you that on my Nexus 5 (running 5.1), having 5.1 (and the new firmware) didn't fix the USB debugging requirement.
    03-25-2015 07:16 PM
  23. Mptrh336's Avatar
    I'll try USB debugging for my issue as well. I have a ported version of the firmware running on last years avh4000nex unit. I expected some issues but right now no audio seems to work in android auto and after connecting to it no audio works until a reset of the unit.

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    03-25-2015 11:50 PM
  24. Jeremy Barr's Avatar
    Did the firmware upgrade for the head unit. Android Auto will still only start up with USB debugging enabled on Nexus 6. Maybe when 5.1 is available that might be fixed. Still on 5.0.1

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Problem fixed. Did a system restore to factory settings on my Nexus 6. Everything works fine now. USB debugging will probably still be a problem if developer mode has been enabled.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-27-2015 11:59 AM

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