Most smartphones will be able to connect to the car wirelesslyAugust 31, 2020
With the release of Android 11, the list of phones that can use Android Auto wireless connectivity will expand significantly. Google has updated its FAQ page to add that almost all devices running the upcoming mobile OS will be able to connect to compatible in-car entertainment systems wirelessly.
The updated page notes that the smartphone must support 5GHz Wi-Fi for the wireless connection to work. Most modern smartphones can already do this, so this shouldn’t be a problem. Note, however, that there are additional regulations in the EU when it comes to using 5GHz Wi-Fi in vehicles.
The tech giant launched wireless mode for Android Auto back in 2018, but support for this feature has been rather limited. Aside from the fact that the automaker should already be implementing wireless compatibility into its infotainment system, the phone should also support this feature. In fact, only Pixel and Nexus phones supported the option, although last year Samsung rolled out an update that brought the long-awaited option to its flagship devices. Additionally, only a handful of vehicles currently offer wireless support for Android Auto, and last year, Ford and BMW announced the feature in current and future models.
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