A couple of weeks ago we speculated and inferred from certain comments from the BMW Australia CEO that Android Auto was about to land at BMW. It seems this inference was correct but the catch is that only wireless Android Auto will be supported.
BMW USA has released a statement that they will be introducing Android Auto to their range from July 2020. It is apparently integrated directly into BMW’s fully digital cockpit which means that you will be able to see Android Auto results on not just the main display but also in a modified form in not just the instrument cluster’s “info display” but also the heads-up display.
The change of heart is apparently in response to feedback from their customers who “pointed out the importance to them of having Android Auto inside a BMW”. It will be available in 2019/2020 3, 5, 7, and 8 Series sedans, along with the X3, X5, and X7 models.
A BMW spokesperson told the Verge that BMW customers:
have made it clear though that they would like to have Android Auto integration available going forward which that leads us to today’s announcement.
Officially the new system will only support select Samsung and Google Pixel Phones (along with a Nexus or two) but if you remember from our testing it actually works with a large number of phones. Hopefully this might push phone OEMs to actually make sure their phones are compatible not just with Android Auto but wireless Android Auto (we’re looking at you OPPO).
The service, along with Apple CarPlay will now be offered for free (how benevolent of them) instead of the ongoing fee Apple users have had to pay before now.
This news is of course from the US but given the Australian CEO said that there would be an announcement coming soon we assume that it will be coming here too — most likely at the same time. We will let you know when we find out more.