Android Auto's wireless mode is now available for Pixel and Nexus phones

Android Auto's wireless mode is now available for Pixel and Nexus phones

Android Auto Wireless aims to fix that by introducing a Wi-Fi network that smartphones can use to tap into Android Auto, at last affording you the option to launch Android Auto without taking your phone out of your bag or pocket.

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

If you've been holding off on Android Auto, will the new wireless mode entice you to finally make the jump? Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P devices running Android Oreo or higher are compatible with the new feature, which automatically loads Android Auto on your car display when you get in the vehicle. You obviously also need a compatible head unit and you will have to connect to it over USB at least once to establish a link with your phone.

The Android Auto application (version 3.1 and up). 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. Auto team member Lawrence says that, "For non-Google devices, we are actively working with phone manufacturers on adding software compatibility and hope to share more updates soon".

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