You'll be able to use Android Auto without any wires this year
In November of 2016, Android Auto became a lot more accessible with the ability to run the car-centric version of the OS directly on your phone without the need for a compatible receiver. Android Auto receives do have the advantage of offering a larger display and being a more seamless integration into your vehicle, but the disadvantage is that they require your phone to be plugged into your car.
Thanks to JVC Kenwood, this won't be an issue for too much longer. The company will be showcasing two new Android Auto receivers at CES 2018, and they'll be the first ones that allow you to run Android Auto wirelessly without having to plug your phone into them.
Exact specs are mostly unknown, but CNET reports that both units will come equipped with 1280 x 720 HD displays and support for Apple CarPlay as well.
The current wired method of using Android Auto works fine, but the advantage of going wireless means that you can run Android Auto on your receiver and have a free port on your phone for fast-charging while on the way to work.
Pricing and availability for the JVC Kenwood Android Auto receivers is unknown, but we'll have all these details and much more in just a few short days.
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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.