Last year at Google I/O 2017, Google announced that Android Auto will come with a wireless mode which will connect using your smartphone’s Wi-Fi network. Implementing wireless Android Auto will give you best experience rather than having a mess with any cables. At CES 2018, JVC and Kenwood has announced total seven Android Auto units which come with Wi-Fi connectivity option. But till now the support for this feature is not live.
Finally, Google has enabled Wireless Android Auto for users of Google Pixel and Nexus devices. If you have any Pixel or Nexus device then you can easily connect your smartphone to your Wireless Android Auto. The list of a device which is compatible with this feature includes Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P. Back in 2017, Tata Motors has launched first Android Auto service in Tata Nexon Car.
As per blog post on the Google Product Forum’s Android Auto User Community page, “We’re excited to announce that wireless support is now officially available! Using Android Auto Wireless, you can start Android Auto on your car display without taking the phone out of your pocket or bag. Your device will automatically connect to the head unit using WiFi without having to manually connect a USB cable.”
Wireless Android Auto Requirement:
- A car which is compatible with Android Auto Wireless.
- Pixel or Nexus smartphone which carries a latest Android Oreo version.
- The updated version of Android Auto app.
- USB cable for further initial setup.
According to report, the version 3.0 of Android Auto app is ready for Wireless mode but you have to install v3.1 which will work properly without facing any issues. For going wireless, first, you will require USB cable for further initial setup as mentioned above. Once you’re done with USB process, then the wireless connection will appear directly when you are in the car.
However, Google says the support for Android Auto Wireless are already available from JVC and Kenwood. Later this year, more such products from other brands are soon expected to release. Moreover, you download v3.1 of Android Auto app from here