Wireless Android Auto is now available on Pixel and Nexus phones

Wireless Android Auto is now available on Pixel and Nexus phones

Up until now you've had to plug your Android phone into the head unit with a cable in order to enjoy everything that Android Auto has to offer - quite a major restriction in this age of wireless connectivity. Now Google has flipped the switch: wireless mode for Android Auto is enabled on Nexus and Pixel devices.

We knew it was coming, and now it's here, for a selected number of handsets at least: Android Auto is going wireless, provided you have a compatible head unit installed in your vehicle and a phone with the Pixel or Nexus name attached.

As Google notes, you won't even need to take the phone out of your pocket or bag; the device will connect automatically over Wi-Fi once it's set up. 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. The tech giant adds that additional handset will be supported in the future, too. However, the task required a USB cable or wired connection.

Support for more auto head units and displays will roll out in the future, Google said.

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The Android Auto app version 3.1 and up.

A vehicle or aftermarket receiver that is compatible with Android Auto Wireless.

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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