BMW is rolling out wireless Android Auto support with Operating System 7 update
BMW last week unveiled its free Operating System 7 update, which the automaker is calling the biggest remote software upgrade in the company’s history. In addition to enhanced features such as BMW Maps, Connected Parking, and eDrive Zones, the update also brings support for Android Auto via a wireless connection.
According to AndroidPolice, BMW owners with compatible vehicles have previously had access to Android Auto, but they had to go to a dealership to get the update. The update for BMW’s iDrive 7 infotainment system arrives over the air, meaning you can get it up and running without leaving the comfort of your own home. BMW estimates about 750,000 of its vehicles will receive the update in the coming weeks, beginning with Germany on October 19. The update will then hit other parts of Europe, the U.S., Canada, China, and other markets in the coming weeks. Did we mention the update is free?
BMW’s relationship with Android Auto over the years has been rocky, to say the least. A few years back, the company said it had no plans to offer Android Auto. Then it reversed course and announced it would integrate the software into some of its vehicles. At the end of 2019, the automaker said it would integrate the software in cars produced after July of 2020 — and to top it off, BMW added support for wireless Android Auto.
BMW’s iDrive 7 infotainment system is available on all 2019/2020 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, and 8 Series sedans, as well as the newest X3, X5, X6, and X7 SUVs. As of now, wireless Android Auto is compatible with devices running Android 11 and 5GHz WiFi, a Google or Samsung smartphone with Android 10, or a Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, or Note 8 with Android 9.