Android Auto (Google Assistant) vs Apple Carplay (Siri)

SauRoNZA

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I figured it would be good to have a single thread related to this with moans and groans or hints and tips and just general experiences.

It somewhat relates to their respective assistants as well.

Right now I'm very frustrated that Google Assistant doesn't seem to understand the term "work" or "office".

Even though it's saved in Google Maps the bloody thing Googles it instead of giving me directions every bloody time.

However if I recite the entire address it has no issues giving me traffic and route details.
 

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It's a little convoluted but log into google maps on your computer, go to "Your Places" and under "Labeled" set your home and work addresses there. It might work on google maps on your device as well but that's how I did it. Now when I say Ok Google, take me home/work it knows where I want to go.
 
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It's a little convoluted but log into google maps on your computer, go to "Your Places" and under "Labeled" set your home and work addresses there. It might work on google maps on your device as well but that's how I did it. Now when I say Ok Google, take me home/work it knows where I want to go.
I suspect mine is also setup in this fashion because I too have no issues with Work/office/home routing and traffic updates- but it's been a while since I've messed with the addresses and labels in Maps.

I will say, Android Auto is very buggy at this stage. Probably why it's not officially launched in many regions. I had a hard time finally getting my Mate 10 Pro in such a state that it is working satisfactorily with AA. In fact, I only managed it last night. Not everything works the way I want it yet (there's still this tiny problem with OBD2 for AA and Torque Pro not playing nice).

From what I can tell, Carplay is much more smooth and just works- and I'm not an Apple fan in the slightest. Android still has a lot of catching-up to do I'm afraid.
 

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It's a little convoluted but log into google maps on your computer, go to "Your Places" and under "Labeled" set your home and work addresses there. It might work on google maps on your device as well but that's how I did it. Now when I say Ok Google, take me home/work it knows where I want to go.
But that's my whole point.

It's been mapped like that forever and a day.

Across all my devices.
 

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Just set it up under Personal Settings under the Google Assistant settings...
For a moment I thought maybe you are into something and there's a second layer hidden away from Google Maps.

But nope it's right there.

It just doesn't correlate the words to it for some reason and Google instead.
 

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Yeah I'm deeply familiar with Google Maps (Local Guide Level 6) and it generally works on the automatically recommended time to leave and routes and all that on both Android and iOS.

But for some reason the Google Assistant just doesn't link the term.
 

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From what I can tell, Carplay is much more smooth and just works- and I'm not an Apple fan in the slightest. Android still has a lot of catching-up to do I'm afraid.
CarPlay is more polished, that's for sure. Both systems are far too locked down imo, you sort of expect it from Apple, but Google is just as bad.
 

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Yeah I'm deeply familiar with Google Maps (Local Guide Level 6) and it generally works on the automatically recommended time to leave and routes and all that on both Android and iOS.

But for some reason the Google Assistant just doesn't link the term.
So, you can't tell your assistant, "OK Google, take me to work"?
 

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Yeah I'm deeply familiar with Google Maps (Local Guide Level 6) and it generally works on the automatically recommended time to leave and routes and all that on both Android and iOS.

But for some reason the Google Assistant just doesn't link the term.

Have you considered resetting it?
 

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CarPlay is more polished, that's for sure. Both systems are far too locked down imo, you sort of expect it from Apple, but Google is just as bad.
Yes, and on that note, I came across something the other that that is, in my opinion, just fliipin daft. An example:
The lower bar that is always displayed during navigation.
https://productforums.google.com/fo.../7TWJCuPPvK4;context-place=forum/android-auto
I just cannot see why that is a proper and official answer. There are so many ways to implement such a request safely and and simply. Ironically, there are other on-screen buttons that fade away during navigation and return when the screen is tapped.
 

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**** me sideways.

Under Google Assistant > Settings > Preferences > Getting Around

There is a how do you get to work most days option and another for how do you get around generally. For some reason the Work one wasn't ticked at all...even though it's a radio button with mandatory entry.

****ing Android, you really have to hold it's hand for everything.
 
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