All Android 11-compatible smartphones will be able to connect to Android Auto wirelessly. Google finally allows smartphones other than Samsu...
All Android 11-compatible smartphones will be able to connect to Android Auto wirelessly. Google finally allows smartphones other than Samsung's Pixel and Galaxy to do without the USB cable.
Google has just updated its Android Auto support page and announces wireless connection for all smartphones, as long as they are compatible with Android 11. It's the fulfillment of an old promise that took a long time to come true. Android Auto went wireless in April 2018, but only Google Pixel phones were able to take advantage of it at first. Last year, compatibility was extended to a handful of Samsung smartphones.
Android Auto: Pixel and Samsung smartphones no longer have exclusive wireless connectivity
In detail, Google Pixel and some Galaxy can enjoy it with Android 10, or even Android 9 Pie (Galaxy S8/S8+ or Note 8). Other smartphones will be able to use Android Auto wirelessly with the arrival of the Android 11 update. However, there are two requirements: the car radio must be Android Auto Wireless certified and have a WiFi connection.
You obviously won't be able to enjoy the functionality without this connectivity. Most cars still don't have it, but a growing number of manufacturers have started to offer it for convenience. The smartphone will also need to be compatible with the 5 Ghz frequency band for WiFi connection, as Google says on the support page.
Because not everyone likes to be bothered with USB cables, Android Auto Wireless is a welcome feature for many users, provided of course that they have enough battery life to do without the cable. As for Android 11, the final version update will be available in September, starting with Google Pixel. Each manufacturer will then deploy its update schedule. As usual, many users will have to wait several months to receive it.