Android Auto Wireless Gets Enabled for Pixel, Nexus Devices in Latest Update

Mindy Sparks
April 14, 2018

Android Auto itself has developed as a full-fledged Apple CarPlay competitor, with support for a range of apps from Waze to Google Play Music to Spotify and so on.

To get Android Auto wireless to work, you'll need a head unit that is Wi-Fi certified.

The biggest downfall of Android Auto is that, due to the sheer amount of data that needs to be sent back and forth, it requires a compatible smartphone to be connected to a supported in-car entertainment system by way of a USB cable.

The Android Auto application (version 3.1 and up). JVC and Kenwood have a few models, but many haven't even hit the market yet.

A lot of newer cars these days have Android Auto built in, but certainly not all of them. Now Google has flipped the switch: wireless mode for Android Auto is enabled on Nexus and Pixel devices.


A vehicle or aftermarket receiver that is compatible with Android Auto Wireless. As noted by Android Police who has word from an Android Auto team member, "For non-Google devices, we are actively working with phone manufacturers on adding software compatibility and hope to share more updates soon".

If you do have everything you need, then setup is pretty painless.

Google promises that support for other phones is on the way.

Finally, after months of waiting, Google is enabling wireless Android Auto for owners of Google Nexus and Pixel devices.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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