Gradually, Google is allowing more types of apps for Android Auto in its official store, but the list is still quite limited. An example of this is in the automatic shutdown of the media player, whose version on Google Play is quite limited compared to its APK.
Fortunately, it is possible to install unsupported applications on Android Auto such as the “full” version of Fermata Auto. With it you can access the files of videos from mobile storage and YouTube, to play and control directly from the mobile screen. We tell you how to do it.
Easier with AAAD
Like on mobile, it’s possible install apps on Android Auto from outside the Google Store, although the process is a bit more complicated. Often times you have to connect using PC to connect with ADB to mobile and use ADB commands to transmit and install files. In some cases it is necessary to have root.
With this in mind, AAAD was born, which is essentially an app that helps you install Android Auto apps that are not on Google Play. The app is very simple and has a list of a handful of apps ready to download and install. To install Fermata Auto, you must first install AAAD on your mobile, downloading and installing its APK like any other application.
As we mentioned earlier, AAAD has a closed list of Android Auto apps ready for download. At the time of writing, there are exactly ten applications: Carstream, Fermata Auto, Screen2Auto, AA Mirror, AStrem, AA Mirror Plus, Performance Monitor, AA Passenger, Widgets for Android Auto and Nav2Contacts. With a long touch on any of them, you’ll see a description of what it’s used for.
To install Fermata Auto, press Hitchhiking. A window will appear indicating the version to download and asking if you also want to download Fermata Control. Fermata Control is a helper app that allows you to control playback with the car controls. hurry Accept
Once done, the app will start to download, which shouldn’t take too long. Once completed, you will have the option to Install the application, although before most likely Android will ask you to grant AAAD permission to install applications.
Once done, Fermata Auto will install successfully on your mobile and be accessible from the Android Auto panel the next time you connect it, but before you start using it you need to open it to do so. the initial configuration.
The most important thing is that you grant permission to access files and media, although if you’re going to be using Fermata to watch YouTube you don’t need to do much else. If you want to use Fermata to play the videos you have on your mobile, you have to touch the tab Files
For example, if the only thing you want to play in Fermata are your vacation videos, which you saved in a specific folder on your mobile, this setting will do only this folder appears. This will make it much easier to navigate between the content that interests you, hiding all the other folders.
At this point you can now connect your mobile to Android Auto in the car and it should appear the Fermata Auto icon in the launcher. When you open the app, it appears almost the same as when you open it on your mobile, but in landscape mode. Video playback is quite smooth, including those from YouTube. Remember, yes, avoid distractions when the car is in motion.