Automaker Company, BMW has announced that it will start integrating wireless Android Autos into its cars from July 2020.
This great move would make BMW one of the few automakers to offer Google’s smartphone-powered in-car infotainment option without requiring owners to plug in, as the name implies.
The wireless Android Auto would be included in all BMW vehicles equipped with the 7.0 version of the company’s in-car software (iDrive) and the company’s “Live Cockpit Professional” hardware and it would be available on all 2019 / 2020 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, and 8 Series sedans, as well as the newest X3, X5, and X7 SUVs. The wireless Android Auto would only work with Pixel, Nexus and Samsung phones.
BMW and Toyota are one of the few major automobiles to be holding out on the Android Auto. For a few years, BMW has offered Apple’s CarPlay to its customers until last week when it reversed that decision.
A BMW spokesperson when asked about why it took so long for the automaker to embrace the Android Auto, said it was because majority of its customers use IOS devices and so the company was committed to the Apple CarPlay.
However, BMW customers have “made it clear though that they would like to have Android Auto integration available going forward which that leads us to today’s announcement.”