As previously confirmed BMW finally acquiesced to their users and agreed to roll out Android Auto to their vehicles, for free even. However, to get the update previously you needed to go into a dealer and have the software updated manually.
BMW has announced that they are not rolling out an Over the Air OTA update for their vehicles running the BMW Operating System 7 software. The updates are starting in Germany and then progressively rolling out worldwide, there’s no specific timeframe when each region will get the update.
Considering BMWs historic reluctance to include Android Auto, and then their brief dalliance with trying to charge an annual fee to have Android Auto or Car Play enabled, it’s nice to see BMW just accept that these systems are a basic utility. I was never in danger of spending that much on a depreciating asset, however, I would never buy any vehicle that didn’t support both Android Auto and Car Play.