Wireless Android Auto arrives on Pixel & Nexus devices

Wireless Android Auto arrives on Pixel & Nexus devices
Select Android users can now use Android Auto without a USB cable. Until now, in order for the driver to use Android Auto with their devices, smartphones were required to be connected via cable at all times. Now, however, after a number of previous leaks hinting at the feature, wireless support is now available, albeit to a limited number of device owners.

In order to gain access to the feature, drivers must own either a Pixel device, be it a first or second generation smartphone, or a Nexus 5X or 6P. In addition to this, the devices in question must be running stock Android 8.0 Oreo or higher and have at least version 3.1 of the official Android Auto app installed. However, those who want to take advantage of the feature will still be required to connect their phones via USB cable in order to go through the initial setup process. Presently, it’s unclear if the new feature support will implement any performance improvements other than removing the hassle of having to connect a smartphone up via USB cable, although some people expect device temperatures to remain much lower. It will also remain to be seen how the wireless connectivity affects battery life after a long period of time in the driver’s seat.

It’s worth noting that a member of the Android Auto team confirmed the existence of the feature and also mentioned that the internet giant is working with a number of other manufacturers in the hope of bringing the wireless support to other devices. However, this wider rollout will likely be preceded by a Google I/O announcement next month, so other smartphone owners could still have over a month to wait before they receive the feature.

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11 Comments

1. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

doesn't matter people who have money to buy cars will have enough money to buy the a real phone the iphone not a laggy crapy copy device running lagdroid on s**tsung

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Does your vehicle have CarPlay?

5. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

i have 3 cars all of them have apple carplay

8. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Reads: (my mommy and daddy's cars have carplay)

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Please be sarcastic

6. Georgio

Posts: 258; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Cra..ple IPhone is the most copy cat device in human history ; these phones are not even for men ; all little girls are using one in those pink cases . The iPhone is just a basic phone made for technophobe little girls.

4. Venom

Posts: 3690; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I hope Android Auto picks up something from QNX. It's to my understanding that it has worked well for smart features in cars.

7. aReefer

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

The problem is that it needs to make a direct WIFI connection to the car media centre. It won't work over Bluetooth. This of course means that you need a wifi-enabled head unit in the car.

9. Vokilam

Posts: 1273; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

one of our cars, 2017 bmw, already support wireless carplay for iphone (but i dont carry an iphone with me) and I believe aftermarket heads like Alpine already support wireless carplay. i believe apple introduced this with ios9 so good news for android users - hopefully my next car will support my phone

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