Some Samsung Galaxy flagships now support wireless Android Auto
Google announced Android Auto Wireless at CES last year. At the time, the functionality was restricted to Google Pixel and Nexus devices only. Although Google had promised to eventually extend the feature to all devices running Android Pie and above, it didn’t make it past the Google devices for more than a year. We saw the first sign of Google enabling Android Auto Wireless for non-Pixel devices back in August. Now, we have an official confirmation about some new devices that can take advantage of Android Auto Wireless.
According to a Google support page for Android Auto, a bunch of Samsung Galaxy phones have been added to the list of compatible devices alongside the Google devices. These devices include Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, Galaxy S9/S9+, Galaxy S10/S10+ as well as the Note series devices such as the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9, and Galaxy Note 10/10+.
If you happen to own any of the above-mentioned devices and a compatible in-car head unit, you should be able to use Android Auto wirelessly. Just make sure you’re running Android 9 Pie with Android Auto app version 4.7 (or above) and you’re good to go. It should be noted that Android Auto Wireless is only available to users residing in the US, Canada, and Mexico as of now.
For those of you without a compatible wireless head unit, you can check out AAGateWay from XDA Recognized Developer Emil Borconi which allows you to convert your wired receiver to a wireless one. We expect more devices to receive Android Auto Wireless support in the coming months given Google’s promise to expand the functionality to all devices running Android Pie and later.