Android Auto has been working towards wireless support for quite some time now, and it looks like the feature is now finally rolling out. You’ll just need supported equipment to take advantage of it.
As reported recently by Android Police, Google rolled out support for Android Auto Wireless earlier this week for some Nexus and Pixel smartphones. To get the feature to work, you will need a vehicle that has an in-car system that supports Android Auto Wireless or an aftermarket head unit that supports the feature, similar to what Kenwood announced earlier this year.
You will also need your smartphone to be upgraded to at least Android 8.0 Oreo, and one of these devices:
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Pixel XL
- Pixel 2
- Pixel 2 XL
Your Android Auto app needs to be updated to version 3.1 and you will need a “high-quality USB cable” to connect your phone for initial setup. After you get through the setup process and have all of the other bases covered, you will be able to use Android Auto just by connecting your smartphone to your car wirelessly.
If you’re curious about non-Google Android phones, the team is currently hard at work on expanding support, saying in a forum post, “For non-Google devices, we are actively working with phone manufacturers on adding software compatibility and hope to share more updates soon”.
Have you tried out Android Auto yet?