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Old 16th April 2018, 15:20   #1
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Android Auto will now be available over Wi-Fi when used with select phones and compatible car head units. For now, Android Auto Wireless will be limited to the North American region.

Currently, to use Android Auto in cars, the phone should be running on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or above and the head unit of the car should be compatible with it. A USB cable is required to connect the phone to the system. However, with wireless Android Auto, the phone will connect automatically to the system using Wi-Fi. System requirements include Android 8.0 (Oreo) or above, Android Auto app version over 3.1 and a compatible infotainment system. Currently only the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and the Nexus 5X or 6P are supported.

According to the release notes, aftermarket head units from JVC and Kenwood are available with this feature. Google will add support for more devices and car systems over the future. It is not yet known if infotainment systems in some cars like Skoda, that have built in Wi-Fi will be compatible or not.

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This is great news! I always used to think this would make a lot of sense. My limited knowledge of the way android auto works was that the bandwidth requirement can be only supported by a wired connection for this to work. Hope this gets added to existing Head units of less expensive cars too.
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Very keen on what would be the work arounds for the non WiFi head units available in the market .

I for one have been using Sony xav ax100 for more than an year.

Though Android auto has its fair share of stupid restrictions, it's pretty useful especially for the handsfree Google now feature
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Default Re: Android Auto Wireless now available on select phones

Nice-to-have, but certainly not a must-have. Reason = there's one more advantage to plugging that Android Auto cable into your phone. It gets charged simultaneously! And god knows the smartphones of today need it. Whenever I'm driving, by habit, the first thing I do is plug the 12v power cable into my phone.
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Reason = there's one more advantage to plugging that Android Auto cable into your phone. It gets charged simultaneously!
What I would want is, all manufacturers incorporating high speed USB charging facility in the USB port that connects to the HU. Some manufacturers do provide it IIRC.

In my Creta while I use the Android Auto through the OnePlus 3T, the battery % stays constant for a shorter while but drops slowly with longer Android auto usage as the USB port doesn't charge it faster. What I would like is faster charging option included in that USB port so there is no need to carry a separate car fast charger.

If Android Auto goes wireless, I can have the Android Auto working for me plus fast charging happening simultaneously.

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It gets charged simultaneously! And god knows the smartphones of today need it.
When Android Auto is moving to wireless, so will charging. Many cars, albeit on the higher end come with wireless chargers standard. Some cars come with 2!

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What I would want is, all manufacturers incorporating high speed USB charging facility in the USB port that connects to the HU. Some manufacturers do provide it IIRC.
This could be one more limitation of the head unit. Eg. No support for fast charge / quick charge technologies. Further, wireless Android Auto will enable you to use the charger of your choice than remain stuck with the one on the head unit. You can plug it in the 12V socket.
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So would an aftermarket HU that supports fast charging via the USB port solve the issue? I am anyway searching for options to replace the HU in my Creta.

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Further, wireless Android Auto will enable you to use the charger of your choice than remain stuck with the one on the head unit. You can plug it in the 12V socket.
Yes sir. That's what I mentioned in my post too (last para).

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