Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wireless Android Auto will require Android P if you don’t have a Pixel

Back in early April, Wireless Android Auto launched for Google Pixel and Nexus devices. The feature launched in version 3.1 of the Android Auto app but it was only for Google's devices. At the time, Google said they were "actively working with phone manufacturers on adding software compatibility" for non-Google devices. Now we have more information about compatibility with other devices and it involves Android P.

The good news is we've learned Wireless Android Auto will be available for more devices. The bad news is it will require Android P. This new information comes from a press release from Kenwood, maker of after market head units. They mention the feature is currently available for all four Pixel devices and the Nexus 6P and 5X. However, Kenwood then says "for other device manufacturers, wireless Android Auto will be implemented with the adoption of Android OS 9.0 or higher."

In a couple of years, when more devices are launching with Android P, this won't be a big deal. But right now it's a big bummer for anyone using a phone on Android Nougat or Android Oreo. Some of those devices won't see Android P for a long time or never at all. Wireless Android Auto is by far the best way to use the platform. Hopefully, everyone can eventually use the feature.


Source: Kenwood Via: 9t05Google



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