Android Auto is basically a way to mirror/extend certain apps from a smartphone in a driver-friendly format to a compatible head unit/display within a car. For this mirroring and extension to happen, the Android smartphone needs to be connected with the head unit, obviously. Initially, Android Auto solely worked through a USB connection. But in April 2018, Google rolled out Wireless Android Auto for Google Pixel and Nexus phones, allowing them to connect to compatible head units through Wi-Fi Direct. However, in addition to having a compatible head unit and an Android smartphone, you also need to be living in a country that supports Android Auto. This list of countries was expanded with the inclusion of 15 nations from Latin America, and now Wireless Android Auto support is being extended to more countries in Europe, as well as to India, Australia and more.
The older list of supported countries, as of October 23, 2019 was as follows:
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- Puerto Rico
- United States
The new regions where wireless Android Auto will now be supported, in addition to the above countries, is as below:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
Note that Japan and Russia are listed as supporting wired Android Auto, but not wireless Android Auto.
While it is definitely more convenient to use Android Auto wirelessly, the convenience factor is not big enough to make it worth upgrading your current setup. Android Auto by itself, is pretty decently useful, with new features like showing speed limits when using Google Maps navigation, simplified controls, a dark theme, media notification toggles, weather info on the car screen status bar, and more.
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