While Apple has offered wireless connectivity for CarPlay in certain vehicles for months now, Android Auto required that in order to use it, your phone had to be physically connected to the vehicle via USB. Now Google has flipped the switch: wireless mode for Android Auto is enabled on Nexus and Pixel devices. You can even leave your phone in your pocket or your bag.
The Android Auto app version 3.1 and up.
Please note that wireless is now supported on Pixel, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P devices in North America. Support is limited to devices in North America, and right now the only head units that have the wireless functionality are those from JVC and Kenwood, but Google says it expects more products to roll out throughout the year. It's a pity that none of the Pixel or Nexus phones support wireless charging, as then you really good set your phone up on a mount and forget about it, but one step at a time.
"For non-Google devices, we are actively working with phone manufacturers on adding software compatibility and hope to share more updates soon", writes Android Auto team member Lawrence.
With the Google I/O developer conference scheduled for May, we may well hear more about Google's plans for its in-car entertainment solution.