Everything related to Android Auto is being introduced at its usual pace. Android Auto Wireless, which was announced about 20 months ago at the CES 2018, is finally available for Samsung mobile phones. With this feature, Android phones can send a driving-oriented interface to a car's in-dash display (such as Apple's CarPlay). Normally, car needs a USB cable to work. But this newer scheme can work over Wi-Fi, provided the phone and the car support it.
Android Police has discovered the update on Google's Android Auto Support page, which lists the compatible Samsung models. Samsung flagship ships from the Galaxy S8 are supported, so these are the models S8, Note8, S9, Note9, S10 and Note10. Along with these Samsung phones and all Google phones that go back to the Nexus 5X, this is the list of wirelessly compatible Android car phones. This is not very good for a feature that started 20 months ago.
Your car must be compatible with Wireless Android Auto for this to work, and the car compatibility list is even more sad than the phone list. Zero Cars now support Android Auto Wireless. To quote the Google FAQ page, "Android Auto Wireless is currently only available on selected models of JVC, Kenwood, and Pioneer aftermarket stereos." assume new technology, so maybe there was a chicken-and-egg problem here. Since only Google's extremely small market share supports Android Auto Wireless, it is possible that many automakers did not consider the feature necessary. Samsung is the leading Android OEM, and with the support of the most popular Android flagships wirelessly, the industry may be catching on.
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