Wireless Android Auto Will be a Standard Feature for Android 11 Smartphones

Google continues adding improvements to its latest operating system. The Android 11 will include a wireless capability for Android Auto. Current Pixel and Nexus smartphone users require USB cable to enable the Android Auto functionality on a compatible car system. This capability will be made more convenient with its wireless feature for all Android devices. Wireless Android Auto was first available on a small group of high-end Android smartphones in Spring 2018, followed later by select Samsung smartphone models in fall 2019. At the moment, Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S20 and Google Pixel 4 are offering wireless Android Auto. Android 10 update released for mid-range Samsung smartphones have enabled the wireless capability of Android Auto. So, it’s nice to see that all Android devices will have this small, but very convenient update. Google has announced this officially on the dedicated support page for Android Auto.

It is confirmed that any Android 11 smartphone that supports 5GHz Wi-Fi connection will support Android Auto with wireless capability by default. In fact, the search engine firm doesn’t mention any smartphone model or brand. There are many Android models released by Motorola, LG, Xiaomi, Nokia, Vivo, Oppo and others that are eligible for this upgrade. Android Auto is essentially intended to mirror the capabilities and features of the Android smartphone to any compatible infotainment system of your car. This should work well, because Android Auto is designed to avoid distractions and you can always keep both of your eyes on the road. You will be connected to any instant messaging or social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Android Auto was first available starting from Android 6.0. Users should have a functioning data plan and the car should always be within cellular network coverage for this capability to work.

Google’s Android Auto official page has a list of cars that support Android Auto feature. Practically all newer car infotainment systems have integrated Wi-Fi support, so there shouldn’t be serious issue with this implementation. It is recommended to use car mount for the smartphone for convenience. Once properly set up, it should be very easy to access social media, instant messaging notifications and favourite music. At the moment, most users of Android Auto need to connect a high-quality USB cable from their smartphone to a compatible car infotainment system. Android Auto is also usable with Bluetooth connectivity. Once paired, the smartphone can be automatically connected to the car’s infotainment system. This should be very convenient for any smartphone user. Among the most used features of Android Auto is to allow people access Google Maps. Drivers can get step-by-step directions to the destination. Although the driver is fully familiar with the route, the system can advise the best route with light traffic.

With the “OK, Google” command, drivers can ask anything they want, get direction and play any media content. Android Auto extends the capability of the smartphone into the car. In essence, you can turn the car into a smart vehicle. Although the car infotainment system doesn’t have voice-recognition technology, Android Auto will provide that capability.