Starting later this year, starting with Android 11, all phones will be able to wirelessly connect to compatible cars via Android Auto. More than two years ago, Google finally made Android Auto connect wirelessly without connecting to your car stereo via USB. However, so far, the wireless function is only available on Google’s Pixel phones and Samsung Galaxy phones.
Today, Google updated its support page for Android Auto, which describes in which countries Android Auto can be used and which devices need to be used to use Android Auto wirelessly.
In addition to the usual description of which phones are compatible with Android 10 and Android Pie, Google also added a new note stating that “any smartphone with Android 11.0” can use Android Auto wirelessly.
This means that any Android phone released and updated to Android 11 from LG, Motorola, Samsung, Nokia, etc. can enjoy the fun of wirelessly connecting to Android Auto.
Interestingly, this also means that once the Android 11 update arrives, Android One though not Android Go phones will be able to use Android Auto wirelessly.
The only major limitation is that your phone must be able to connect to a 5GHz WiFi network.
Google also specifically pointed out to EU residents that even if your phone is compatible with Android 11, it may still be incompatible, because the EU has specific requirements for the use of 5GHz in cars.
Similarly, people in prohibited countries/regions such as Japan and Russia will still be unable to use Android Auto wirelessly.
The update was released when car OEMs like BMW finally started adding wireless Android Auto support to more of their vehicles. Now we just need more companies to follow suit, so that more of us can leave the USB-C cable behind.