Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Android Auto wireless support comes to Google Pixel and Nexus devices

Android Auto wireless support comes to Google Pixel and Nexus devices

Now Google has flipped the switch: wireless mode for Android Auto is enabled on Nexus and Pixel devices.

Google has officially announced the availability of Android Auto Wireless, a feature which allows your phone to connect to your Android Auto head unit using WiFi. People with older displays are out of luck as of right now, considering that these newer head units were just revealed. However, the task required a USB cable or wired connection. If you don't have a compatible head unit in your vehicle, you can run Android Auto on your phone as an app.

That changes now as Google has introduced Android Auto wireless support for Pixel and Nexus devices. After 4 months, various owners of the Google Nexus and Pixel devices on Reddit and Google's Product Forums have started to notice the feature quietly go live for them.

"For non-Google devices, we are actively working with phone manufacturers on adding software compatibility and hope to share more updates soon", writes Android Auto team member Lawrence.

It's unclear how many benefits users will derive from this. Personally, I dread the idea of plugging my phone in while I'm in a vehicle because of how hot it can get.

Expect to discover more about Google's plans for Android Auto at the company's I/O conference.

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