Google announced that they were working on a wireless Android Auto solution way back at Google IO 2016. Now nearly two years later it is available for users of certain devices.
Overnight Google announced via the Android Auto User Community that wireless Android Auto using a direct Wi-Fi connection was now available. At this stage it is only available to the following phones:
- Pixel or Pixel XL
- Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL
- Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P
To set it up the user will require a “high-quality USB cable for initial setup” but once set up your phone will connect directly to the Android Auto headunit via Wi-Fi. At this stage the feature is available only to device in North America with “additional device support coming in the future”. Whether this means that it will roll out to other countries soon we do not know.
We reached out to Kenwood earlier in the week and were told that they were unable to add the wireless units to their current lineup but are looking to add this in future variations of the headunits. We will of course keep badgering them for updates throughout the coming months (They do have the non-wireless HD headunit available, DDX9018DABS, for those looking for a high quality aftermarket head unit. We are looking at reviewing it very soon.). Pioneer are yet to launch their new range into Australia but we have reached out to them for more details.
For more phones to be added to the list the manufacturer will need to add support into their software so given the state of manufacturers and updates we don’t expect to see it any time soon.
It is good news that it is finally here (albeit not in Australia yet) but it is disappointing that it cannot be automatically switched on for all phones at once. Hopefully Google come up with a solution for this in the near future. I am looking forward to checking it out when it arrives here.
Anyone here also use Android Auto? Do you want a wireless solution?