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Android Auto now works without wires if you have the right hardware

Android Auto now works without wires if you have the right hardware”

As reported recently by Android Police, Google rolled out support for Android Auto Wireless earlier this week for some Nexus and Pixel smartphones.

Alas, there's a catch: To get it all working wirelessly at this point, you'll need to have some pretty specific gear.

According to Cody's teardowns, version 3.0 of Auto was almost ready for the Wireless mode, but it's v3.1 that's required (APK Mirror link) to get things properly working. You don't need to take your phone out of your pocket or plug it in; it automatically connects over Wi-Fi. After that, the wireless mode should work.

Have you tried out Android Auto yet?

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.

A high-quality USB cable for initial setup. After 4 months, various owners of the Google Nexus and Pixel devices on Reddit and Google's Product Forums have started to notice the feature quietly go live for them.

The Googler also said that the company is "actively working with phone manufacturers on adding software compatibility" so non-Google devices can enjoy the new wireless functionality.



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