Its apparently not Kia’s fault that Android auto works with all the reliability of an eastern block vehicle, but its google itself.
Apparently my two year old nexus runs a newer OS than my essential phone, thus it suits android auto much better than it. I did a short test and it definitely has much better connectivity than this phone.
Chances are I’ll just keep the nexus connected to the car and either get a cheap data plan for the voice commands to work or use personal hotspot.
But if you think Nexus is the day’s saviour, it aint. Its battery still lasts about four hours and I can’t use it daily because of that.
It’s still the best phone I’ve had.