Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Android Auto is finally ready to go wireless, mostly

Android Auto is finally ready to go wireless, mostly

You obviously also need a compatible head unit and you will have to connect to it over USB at least once to establish a link with your phone. According to Google, for Android Auto wireless to work, you need to have either a Nexus or a Pixel phone running Android 8.0 (Oreo), a vehicle capable of running Android Auto v3.1 and a cable to set the system up.

We knew it was coming, and now it's here, for a selected number of handsets at least: Android Auto is going wireless, provided you have a compatible head unit installed in your vehicle and a phone with the Pixel or Nexus name attached. You can even leave your phone in your pocket or your bag.

Google is finally ready to offer Android Auto over Wi-Fi despite working with JVC and Kenwood, each of which released head units at CES in January that were compatible with the feature. However, the task required a USB cable or wired connection. Auto team member Lawrence says that, "For non-Google devices, we are actively working with phone manufacturers on adding software compatibility and hope to share more updates soon".

That changes now as Google has introduced Android Auto wireless support for Pixel and Nexus devices.

With the Google I/O developer conference scheduled for May, we may well hear more about Google's plans for its in-car entertainment solution.

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