Pixel and Nexus Owners Can Now Use Android Auto Wirelessly

Wireless Android Auto is live for Google Pixel and Nexus phones

Google introduces wireless Android Auto for Pixel, Nexus phones

So far, the support is only available for devices in North America on head units from JVC or Kenwood, whose Android Auto compatible units were revealed at CES this year.

It's important to keep in mind, though, that the wireless support is now limited to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P devices in North America. 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.

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A high-quality USB cable for initial setup. After that, the wireless mode should work. If you don't have a compatible head unit in your vehicle, you can run Android Auto on your phone as an app.

Finally, Android users (with Google phones) will be able to connect to Android Auto over Wi-Fi.

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If you don't have a Nexus or Pixel device, don't lose hope but I wouldn't count on a quick solution.

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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Google no doubt has more plans up its sleeve for this product, and we'll be watching Google I/O closely to see what develops.

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