Google Pixel users have reported issues with the in-car Bluetooth connectivity of their devices following the January 2023 update. Affected users have experienced difficulties connecting to their car’s audio system and issues with the audio cutting in and out while connected.
Users of Google Pixel devices with Tensor chips, including the Pixel 6 series and Pixel 7 series, have reported experiencing difficulties with in-car Bluetooth connectivity following the January 2023 update. These issues have been widely reported on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Reddit, by users of various car brands, including Kia, Hyundai, Toyota, Honda, and Infiniti. It is not clear if all vehicles from these brands are affected by the issue, but it is thought to be caused by the recent update.
Well it seems the @Google Pixel January 2023 security update for my Google Pixel 6 Pro borked my Bluetooth connection to my @kiaaustralia Cerato 2015 model. I had to bust out a FM Bluetooth transmitter into my cigarette lighter port. Hopefully the February update fixed things. 🚗
— Anthony Eales (@ants000) January 5, 2023
Reports of issues with the in-car Bluetooth connectivity of Google Pixel devices following the January 2023 update have been widespread, with users of various car brands, including Kia, Hyundai, Toyota, Honda, and Infiniti, experiencing difficulties. It appears that the issue is not affecting all vehicles from these brands, but it is currently unclear if the update is the cause of the problem.
Google has acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix. In the meantime, drivers who rely on Bluetooth for navigation or music in their car may want to consider alternative methods, such as FM adapters or aux inputs, until the issue is resolved. Affected users can also try resetting their Bluetooth settings or clearing their cache to resolve the issue. Having a backup plan for staying connected and navigating while driving is essential. Google has not yet commented on the issue.