What you need to know
- Android Auto Wireless is finally expanding to non-Pixel/Nexus phones.
- New devices that are supported include the S10, Note 10, and more.
- To work, your phone needs to be running Android Pie with the v4.7 of the Android Auto app.
Android Auto is one of the best ways to stay connected while behind the wheel, and with Android Auto Wireless, you can get it up and running without having to plug your Android phone into your car's infotainment system. As great as this is, it's been limited to Google's Pixel and Nexus devices ever since it was introduced in April 2019. However, that's finally changing.
As spotted by Android Police, Google's updated its Android Auto support page to indicate that Android Auto Wireless now works with the following Samsung devices:
- Galaxy S8/S8+
- Galaxy Note 8
- Galaxy S9/S9+
- Galaxy Note 9
- Galaxy S10/S10+
- Galaxy Note 10
In order for Android Auto Wireless to work on a supported phone, you'll need to make sure you're running Android 9 Pie or later with v4.7 or later of the Android Auto app.
You'll also need to ensure that you have a supported display in your car (whether it be built-in or an aftermarket solution) that supports Android Auto Wireless, but assuming you have all of the required parts, it brings a greatly welcomed simplicity to getting Android Auto up and running.
We certainly wish that Google had started Android Auto Wireless's expansion sooner than now, but at least we're making progress and hopefully see more devices added in the near future.
BYO head unit
Kenwood Excelon DDX8906S
An aftermarket display that's ready for Android Auto Wireless
Have an older car that doesn't work with Android Auto Wireless? The Kenwood Excelon DDX8906S does, and it can be installed without too much hassle. It has a 6.95-inch LCD display, inputs for front and rear cameras, and supports Bluetooth and SiriusXM.
There are appear to be two VW's on the way with wireless Android Auto support along with some aftermarket head units, but apart from that, nada.
According to android.com/auto FAQs: Which car displays support wireless projection with Android Auto?
Android Auto wireless is only available with select models of JVC, Kenwood, and Pioneer aftermarket stereos, at this time. (See compatible aftermarket stereos in the compatibility section of android.com/auto.) It's not available in any default car head units. Additionally, you must have a compatible phone. See compatible phones.
This has been working with my Note 10+ and Ford Sync. The overall Android Auto, apart from wireless, is a big improvement. But it still needs work. The wifi connection seems a little sketchy and most times when I want to use Android Auto I want to also be charging my phone so I use a USB cable. And that starts some real back and forth between Android Auto wireless and Android Auto wired.
My Note 8 just started using Android Wireless in my 2019 Honda CR-V. Like you, I'm now seeing competition between Bluetooth and USB when my phone is plugged into the car for charging. I could use a different USB port, but I have a large memory stick plugged in there. Sometimes I don't want Auto to be running -- especially if the phone is in my pocket, where it gets terrible reception, so I'll have to disable automatic Bluetooth connection and stick to the old wired USB mode. Also, since I use a magnetic USB jack on my phone, with this mode I can disable Auto just by tugging the cable off of the phone. I've found turning Auto OFF is a bit more complex than just tapping the EXIT button on the home page. But the new improved Auto interface is tremendously better. And I agree -- it still needs work.
I don't know why it wasn't designed from the beginning to be wireless.
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