Google is helping OEMs move towards wireless Android Auto support. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – December 11, 2019 BMW will be the first major Automaker to adopt wireless Android Auto beginning in mid-2020. BMW owners will be able to connect their Android smartphones wirelessly for voice control of Google Maps, Music, telephony incl. texts, and even standard searches. Once setup, the wireless connection linking our Android smartphones to a BMW takes no effort or thought. Get in, and it connects automatically. BMWs implementation of Android Auto embeds it directly into BMW’s fully digital driver display, the HUD for driving directions, and the standard central display. The Google Assistant on Android Auto makes it easy to get directions, keep in touch and stay productive. BMW will offer this new Android Auto connection method to new and current BMW owners in 20 countries with BMW Operating System 7.0 starting in July 2020. Android Auto wireless is currently only available from select models of JVC, Kenwood, and Pioneer aftermarket stereos. There are no compatible car head units in vehicles at this time. Wireless Android Auto Ready Phones Pixel or Pixel XL running Android 8.0 or higher Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL running Android 8.0 or higher Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL running Android 8.0 or higher Nexus 5X or 6P running Android 8.0 or higher Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ running Android 9.0 or higher Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ running Android 9.0 or higher Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10+ running Android 9.0 or higher Samsung Note 8, Note 9 and Note 10 running Android 9.0 or higher Considering Hyundai introduced Android Auto in some 2015 MY vehicles and has provided customers with its inclusion into the lineup ever since, it makes you wonder why there are still OEM holdouts negating the benefit of this simple yet extremely intelligent smartphone to vehicle interface. With wireless support, it becomes even easier to use your smartphones capability for NAVI, Music, Text, and general inquiries.