We all are excited about the latest Android P version and its many features, but the latest Android OS comes with a major flaw. The Android P lacks the USB audio streaming (AOAv2) in Accessory mode.
What is Audio via AOAv2?
The AOAv2 Audio streaming helps the external devices or accessories to communicate with an android phone and receive clean digital audio feeds from all the apps. It provides a medium to extend an Android phone into the vehicle home, by allowing to integrate into existing devices that lack Android support.
The AOAv2 protocol was introduced by Google back in 2014 and has decided to discontinue it in the latest Android 9.0 release. In Fact, it has been removed completely from the OS.
GromAudio, industry player who deal in USB and Android Car Kits, iPod, iPhone, AUX Adapters, Bluetooth and HD Radio for Car said they have worked with Google for a few weeks trying to convince them to continue with the support of AOAv2 Audio streaming as it helped improve the way Android phones can be integrated into vehicle and home.
But unfortunately, the Pixel phone will be the only smartphone on the market without USB Audio streaming via AOAv2 supported.
How to resolve this?
As a responsible user, you can always request them to keep the protocol active or give another alternative. Simply go to your Pixel phones Settings> System>About phone> Send Feedback about this device
When you are redirected to the feedback page simply type “AOAv2 USB audio is not working in my car since 9.0. Please fix!!“
What do we gain?
In case Google pays attention to our requests and decides to bring back support for AOAv2 protocol or provides some other alternative, it will enhance the Android experience in our car and homes.