BMW finally rolls out Android Auto, but there are some restrictions

BMW finally rolls out Android Auto, but there are some restrictions

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  • BMW has made Android Auto accessible in its automobiles after years of supporting solely Apple CarPlay.
  • The characteristic is wi-fi solely, no less than for now.
  • It’s not sure whether or not all appropriate automobiles have the characteristic at this level.

BMW has come a good distance from the times when it shied away from Android Auto.

Android Police has confirmed that, as promised in December, BMW is rolling out Android Auto to appropriate automobiles (extra on that in a second) in July. While the in-car smartphone interface seems to have arrived as early as the beginning of the month, comparable to for some 3 Series homeowners in Europe, it’s clearly accessible within the US — AP‘s Richard Gao obtained assist on his 2020 Z4 after a firmware replace.

We’ve requested BMW if it could possibly touch upon availability, together with a timetable for when all eligible automobiles will get assist.

There are some caveats. Most importantly, Android Auto on BMWs is wi-fi solely. That limits compatibility to Google Pixel telephones (plus just a few Nexus gadgets) and a few Samsung fashions. Also, solely sure BMW autos assist the characteristic. You’ll want no less than iDrive 7.0, after which solely on the three, 5, 7, 8, X3, X5, and X7 mannequin traces. If you’re driving a distinct mannequin or can’t get the most recent firmware, you’re out of luck.

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You may additionally encounter hiccups, no less than at this early stage. Gao stated he would often get music playback stutters “each couple of minutes,” to not point out full disconnections that required manually reestablishing the hyperlink.

Even so, it’s a giant step. BMW is without doubt one of the few main holdouts for Android Auto, having completely supported Apple CarPlay for years. Brands like Chevy, Honda, and Jaguar Land Rover have supported the expertise for years, if often by wired connections. While this doesn’t fairly make Google’s infotainment software program ubiquitous, it’s now to the purpose the place you don’t should be too choosy about your alternative of experience.


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