15 October 2019
Google has now expanded the Android Auto wireless support to non-Pixel smartphones as well, thus allowing them to access the Android Auto features by touch and voice commands. As the name implies, the Android Auto Wireless doesn’t require USB cable which many of you are using.
The Android Auto Wireless support has been enabled for only a countable number of the devices and those too from Samsung only. These include all high-end Samsung flagships from the Galaxy S8 to the Galaxy Note 10. Also, these supported devices need to run Android 9 Pie to work with the feature.
The latest feature enabled for non-Pixel devices removes the hassle of connecting the phone with the in-dash information and entertainment head unit through the wire. Now, the Android Auto features can be mirrored to the head unit from the Android device wirelessly. The limitation is, you’d require a compatible Auto head unit that supports the wireless mode. So, while the feature is now expanded, the intersection of the compatible devices remains small.
While announcing the Android Auto Wireless feature back in 2018 for the Pixel and Nexus devices Google promised that it will soon make the feature available for other Android phones running Android 9.0 Pie or later. But it took a lot of time to even come to only a few phones.
Android Auto is one of those apps that don’t get too much attention from Google and thus the development happens at a slow pace. The wireless support is coming too late and we aren’t seeing any features getting developed for the app as well.
We believe this is just the start and Google will soon add more phones for this support.
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