Wireless Android Auto Coming to BMWs Soon!

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Dec 17, 2019.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Google is helping OEMs move towards wireless Android Auto support.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – December 11, 2019


    BMW will be the first major Automaker to adopt wireless Android Auto beginning in mid-2020. BMW owners will be able to connect their Android smartphones wirelessly for voice control of Google Maps, Music, telephony incl. texts, and even standard searches.

    Once setup, the wireless connection linking our Android smartphones to a BMW takes no effort or thought. Get in, and it connects automatically. BMWs implementation of Android Auto embeds it directly into BMW’s fully digital driver display, the HUD for driving directions, and the standard central display.

    The Google Assistant on Android Auto makes it easy to get directions, keep in touch and stay productive. BMW will offer this new Android Auto connection method to new and current BMW owners in 20 countries with BMW Operating System 7.0 starting in July 2020.
    Android Auto wireless is currently only available from select models of JVC, Kenwood, and Pioneer aftermarket stereos. There are no compatible car head units in vehicles at this time.

    Wireless Android Auto Ready Phones
    • Pixel or Pixel XL running Android 8.0 or higher
    • Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL running Android 8.0 or higher
    • Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL running Android 8.0 or higher
    • Nexus 5X or 6P running Android 8.0 or higher
    • Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ running Android 9.0 or higher
    • Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ running Android 9.0 or higher
    • Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10+ running Android 9.0 or higher
    • Samsung Note 8, Note 9 and Note 10 running Android 9.0 or higher
    Considering Hyundai introduced Android Auto in some 2015 MY vehicles and has provided customers with its inclusion into the lineup ever since, it makes you wonder why there are still OEM holdouts negating the benefit of this simple yet extremely intelligent smartphone to vehicle interface. With wireless support, it becomes even easier to use your smartphones capability for NAVI, Music, Text, and general inquiries.
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  2. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Great news but weird thing is that BMW might only support wireless connections. Not sure if accurate. Not a problem for charging since you can still plug it in at the same time. But now you need a compatible phone and not clear if all future phones will support wireless. At least I have not seen it for other brands yet.
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Luke:

    With all the Samsung Galaxy's and Google Pixels - about 30 to 35 percent of the U.S. market currently - supporting, the rest will support wireless Android Auto in short order.

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