BMW will finally offer Android Auto in 2020

Joanna Estrada
December 12, 2019

Android Auto has slowly become a very popular offering in vehicles, but it wasn't always that way. Back in 2017, one of the biggest vehicle manufacturers didn't have plans to offer Android Auto.

"Many of our customers have pointed out the importance to them of having Android Auto inside a BMW for using a number of familiar Android smartphone features safely without being distracted from the road, in addition to BMW's own functions and services", said Peter Henrich, senior vice president for product management, BMW, in a statement.

The good news is you don't need to wait for new models to launch: Android Auto is going to be available on cars running BMW Operating System 7.0, so that will include recent models launched in 2019. As the name implies, wireless Android Auto doesn't require your phone to be plugged in, making it substantially more convenient. All vehicles from July 2020 with BMW Operating System 7.0 will get Google's auto software.

BMW is directly integrating Android Auto to give their drivers a view of "all important information not just on the central Control Display, but also in intelligently adapted form in the instrument cluster's Info Display as well as in the Head-up Display". For one thing, you no longer need a USB cable to cast from phone to auto, although, currently, wireless support is limited to a select number of Google and Samsung devices.

Why the change of course? BMW doesn't mention wired Android Auto as an option at all-it would be weird not to support wired connections. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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