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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-23-2018, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Android Auto wireless?

I have an older phone and have to use Android Auto via a usb cord to my phone. I was told with newer a Android operating system (8.0 Oreo) you could use Android Auto fully wireless via Bluetooth. Can anyone confirm?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-23-2018, 12:15 PM
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I have an older phone and have to use Android Auto via a usb cord to my phone. I was told with newer a Android operating system (8.0 Oreo) you could use Android Auto fully wireless via Bluetooth. Can anyone confirm?
In my experience, using Android 9.0 on a Pixel phone, I don't get the Android auto features unless I plug in the USB cable. I only get the normal Bluetooth features (phone calls, etc.). The Android auto option doesn't pop up in my Niro's display until I plug in.

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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-23-2018, 12:39 PM
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Google has developed a wireless version of Andoid Auto but it needs to be implemented into the head unit as well as requiring Andriod 8.0 or higher. I don't think that there are many cars out there that do it wirelessly right now. requires more performance demand on the head unit. UVO currently does not.

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-23-2018, 02:02 PM
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Welcome to the forum. If wireless capability is indeed something that Android Auto plans on offering, I don't think its been rolled out yet. I'm a bit skeptical of it being something than can be implemented just with software.
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I think wireless capability is now available on CarPlay, but same issue. You need a compatible head unit, which means buying a new car from a very restricted list of models.

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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-25-2018, 12:17 AM
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The Niro manual states that the phone MUST be plugged in for it to work. So yes, head unit software would need to be updated as well, not just a phone OS update/upgrade.
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-25-2018, 09:56 AM
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I have a 2018 Touring trim level and it still requires the phone to be plugged into the USB for the head unit. I would think that this would require the head unit to be cast to in some sort of way.
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Seems bizarre that phone calls work on Bluetooth but not the rest of CarPlay.

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Seems bizarre that phone calls work on Bluetooth but not the rest of CarPlay.
It's probably a bandwidth issue with Bluetooth.

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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-26-2018, 09:04 AM
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The implementation of wireless andriod auto uses wifi instead of bluetooth. So the head unit needs to have wifi capability to work. I don't know if the current Niro units do??

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