It seems like we're in a confusing time with Android Auto, Android Automotive OS, Google Assistant with drive mode and head units powered by regular ol' Android... ugh.
A few years ago I put a cheap android powered head unit in my wife's car and it worked mostly okay, but the volume adjust knob has broken and the radio reception is horrible. It's also just too complicated for her liking. For $500 I could replace it with a Sony head unit that works with android auto and that would probably work much better for her - but is android auto on the way out? I also don't get why the cheapest android auto solutions are $500 when all the work is done on your phone and it's basically just an interactive display
I know she could just use her phone with android auto, but it wouldn't work with the reversing camera or radio tuner and she'd see this as having two devices and too complicated.
I've also seen the dongle adapters that would supposedly work with the android head unit she has and allow it to work like an android auto head unit - but I'm skeptical about this. Anyone tried them?