Phone: Galaxy S8 (reset about a week ago), running latest Oreo iteration.
Truck: 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax with bluetooth built-in.
I got invited to the club, FINALLY (yeah) and installed my new echo auto.
Installation was simple enough. It paired to the phone and was working within seconds. I tested directions to local places, playing my spotify playlists, etc.
Here are my initial problems:
1) The Echo keeps Unpairing. When I turn off the truck, get out, and come back later the echo boots up and then says it can't connect and instructs me to open the Alexa app on my phone. Of course opening the app does nothing, so I searched out some other similar issues and found I need to re-pair the device. Ok, strange but I did it. It worked fine. I got out of the truck and came back again the next day and the same issue happens.
When I check my Alexa Devices on my phone, the truck's echo auto isn't even listed. It's simply not there.
When I go to ADD a new echo device, it immediately finds it every time, as if I just took it out of the box and it's ready to pair.
After it fails to pair, I can't find a trace of the echo auto anywhere in my amazon alexa app. It's like I never had the device at all.
2) Audio Switching:
I paired it to my truck the first time and that worked fine. I was playing music through the truck's speakers with no problem. Then I received a phone call. I answered the phone call on my bluetooth LG Tone Pro headset. When I ended the call, the Auto kept playing the Spotify station through my headphones, not through the truck's system. That's definitely not useful. I assumed originally that the Auto would pair with the TRUCK as a device, not only pair with the phone. I have a variety of speakers, headphones, and other devices, so if it's going to jump from device to device, it's not a lot of good to me. Is this a beta-bug or is this working as intended?
About your second problem... You're not supposed to pair Echo Auto with the Truck. Just pair it with your phone. Then your phone is supposed to be paired with your truck. Echo Auto plays everything on your phone and since phone connected to your truck everything plays on your truck's audio system. I hope this will help.
Yeah I figured that, because there isn't an option to pair with the truck, so I get the idea.
I just wonder about technically-inclined people like me. We tend to have more than one thing connected at once, so since it's pairing to my phone, how will alexa know whether to play through Tundra, Headphones, or any other device. If it's just depending on the phone to make that determination, it's going to repeatedly get screwed up. I wanted Alexa to do things on her own so I'd have my own phone free to do other stuff. I know she needs to be paired through the phone, but I thought it would be using the phone for data and gps positioning, not to maintain the audio connection. That seems like an overly weak implementation... basically it's just moving the Alexa button from my home screen to my dashboard...
Maybe I want to watch a facbook video on headphones while the truck is playing music for everyone... which is common way every other type of echo is used, right? That wouldn't be easily possible without manually setting dual-audio on the phone each time. Is that right, or am I missing something?
Echo Auto plays everything through your phone. If your phone is not connected to anything than you're gonna hear sound on your phone's speakers. Your Tundra when is connected works as external speakers for your phone. I don't see any problem with that. I don't understand how you can watch Facebook video on your headphones with any other Echo. Again I don't see any problems with current Echo Auto implementation.
Worth it to mention that 'paired' is not the same as 'connected'. Paired is ongoing recognition of the device. Connected means powered up devices talking to each other. For instance your bluetooth speaker might be paired to your phone, but if the speaker is powered off, it's not connected.