Android Ice Cream Sandwich – Bluetooth Audio Problems
May 1, 2012
Like many Android device owners I have recently upgraded my Samsung Galaxy SII to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android v4.0.x). All great and lovely – Still finding/exploring the new features and getting used to the slightly new ways of working in some areas.
I do however have a gripe…and being a driver and music lover, its actually quite a major gripe: Since upgrading I ca no longer control my phone via my car headset. Sure it connects (although this seems much less reliable since the upgrade) and will play, but I have to control it via the the phone, which is actually a big No whilst driving – The Samsung SII is a touch screen only device, all bar the home button/volume/power (like many phones now), so to change tracks for example, I need to look at my phone, instead of the tactile buttons on my car headset which I can ‘touch type’ on, as I can with the steering column control unit.
So – Why is it no longer working? From what I’ve been reading, it seems Google updated the implementation of AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Protocol) with Ice Cream Sandwich meaning that software calling the API for functions such as skip track no longer send the expected command. It seems also that this has effected the majority of music sofware for Android, apart from a few, including Google Music.
So – The likes of WinAmp (My choice of music player for Android) will need to update their software to work with the new bluetooth stack. If I could find Google Music on Google Play (Google Play = App Store) I would install and use it – At least until WinAmp is updated (Updated that is, not fixed…as its not WinAmp thats broken!). I’m about to try the Music player that comes with the Galaxy SII…Hopefully that will see me through.
Google are aware of the issue…Lets hope a fix appears soon.