Android Auto wireless support comes to Google Pixel and Nexus devices


While Apple has offered wireless connectivity for CarPlay in certain vehicles for months now, Android Auto required that in order to use it, your phone had to be physically connected to the vehicle via USB.

Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P devices running Android Oreo or higher are supported, Google said.

In 2016, Google added the ability for Android Auto users to run apps and software right from their mobile devices to their car's head unit display. You can even leave your phone in your pocket or your bag. Additional device support will be coming in the future.

The first head units supporting this feature are already available from JVC and Kenwood, and we expect more products to roll out throughout the year.

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Remember, you'll still need a USB cable to establish the initial Android Auto connection.

Support for more auto head units and displays will roll out in the future, Google said.

Soon you'll be able to kiss that cable goodbye, if you have a Google Phone and Android Auto 3.1.

Even with those caveats, and limited device support, it's encouraging to see Android Auto finally go wireless. The annual event its set to take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, between May 8 - 10.