Google enables Android Auto wireless for Pixel, Nexus devices

It's a limited initial rollout, but a start. Google says Android Auto wireless support should come to more phones and car displays soon.

Unlike Apple, hardware-software lockstep isn't the Android way The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus with Android 8 Oreo should arrive in the hands of customers next week. Existing Galaxy S8 and Note 8 customers still have Android 7 Nougat, but there is no reason to panic and buy a new device just to get the latest version of Android.

Google announced Android Auto wireless support for Pixel and Nexus devices is now enabled. This means when you get in your car, Android Auto will beam the apps and software to your car's head unit display -- no USB cable or wire required.

Pixel and Nexus devices can now connect with Android Auto without a wire. (Image: Google)

Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P devices running Android Oreo or higher are supported, Google said. For now, auto wireless connectivity is limited to newer, third-party JVC and Kenwood head units.

Google wrote in a blog post more devices are planned in the future:

For non-Google devices, we are actively working with phone manufacturers on adding software compatibility and hope to share more updates soon

Support for more car head units and displays will roll out in the future, Google said.

Competitor Apple rolled out wireless CarPlay support in recent months with a few select automakers.