Wireless Support For Android Auto Officially Available

Eloise Marshall
April 15, 2018

Up until now you've had to plug your Android phone into the head unit with a cable in order to enjoy everything that Android Auto has to offer - quite a major restriction in this age of wireless connectivity. So far, the support is only available for devices in North America on head units from JVC or Kenwood, whose Android Auto compatible units were revealed at CES this year. 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.

According to Cody's teardowns, version 3.0 of Auto was almost ready for the Wireless mode, but it's v3.1 that's required (APK Mirror link) to get things properly working. Nevertheless, the Mountain View-based search giant vows to extend support to more devices in the future. Google is apparently working with phone manufacturers on making the software work with their individual wrappers, but who knows when that will actually roll out to the public.

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Finally, after months of waiting, Google is enabling wireless Android Auto for owners of Google Nexus and Pixel devices.

Expect to discover more about Google's plans for Android Auto at the company's I/O conference. Version 3.1 of the app is also required.

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