Just last week, BMW gave the people what they wanted and made a . On Wednesday, the German luxury marque said it's going a step further and bringing Android users along for the ride.
will be available for all BMW vehicles running Operating System 7.0 come July 2020. But wait, there's more. This won't be wired Android Auto, but one of the first applications of wireless Android Auto. The smartphone mirroring tech sans cord debuted years ago, but automakers have been slow to add the feature.
Ford also announced this past October that its will support wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. BMW has always supported Apple CarPlay minus the cord, but previously it had charged a fee to use it, a practice Roadshow's Editor at Large Tim Stevens called " ." No, wireless Android Auto will not have fees, either.
The luxury brand didn't skimp out on implementing Android Auto, either. BMW said the system will be fully integrated with its cars' Digital Cockpits where relevant information will be displayed on the infotainment screen, gauge screen and even the head-up display.
It's worth noting that not every phone running Android will automatically work with wireless Android Auto. Google's published list of smartphones that will work include its own line of phones and its older or , as well as the and lines. Android 8.0 or higher is required for Pixel and Nexus phones; Android 9.0 or higher is the requirement for the Samsungs.
BMW plans to show wireless Android Auto running in its vehicles at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. After that, patience will be required, BMW owners, until July.