If you know BMWs, or if you’ve ever used one, you know that the German brand is one of the leading car brands in in-car technology. One concrete example is the fact that BMW is actually the first automaker to offer wireless Apple CarPlay in 2016.
It’s much better than playing with bluetooth connectivity, more convenient than carrying cables, and more entertaining than depending on the MP3 player, on-board AM / FM radio and more advanced than using the CD player of the car.
Until now, however, BMW has only offered support for wireless Apple CarPlay. Recently however, the German automaker released a wireless version of Android Auto. This is of course advantageous for Android users who are also BMW owners. In addition, there is the fact that Android users still overtake Apple iOS users with a 51.8% market share according to 2019 statistics.
Android Auto wireless features
Well, Android Auto Wireless is exactly that. It allows an Android phone seamless connectivity without having to depend on wires. It also allows the Bimmer’s integrated touchscreen BMW 7 operating system to mirror the apps you have on your phone, whether it’s navigation apps, contact details and your music apps.
It also takes voice commands so you don’t have to mess with your phone while driving. And before you forget, certain navigation elements in your phone app can also be shown on a Bimmer’s heads-up display, allowing you to focus more on driving. Finally, you don’t need to reconnect your phone every time you get in your car, because the system will remember your phone.
How to get Android Auto wireless for a BMW vehicle?
If your BMW already has the BMW 7 operating system, you can download an update using Remote Software Update. If in doubt, you can always consult the nearest BMW dealers. Currently, iDrive 7.0 software is available in the 2019-2020 model years of the 2 Series Gran Coupé, 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, 8 Series, X3, X4, X5, X6, X7 and Z4.
So, can you play Mobile Legends on your BMW’s touchscreen now? May be. How about editing posts and working on spreadsheets using Google Docs through your BMW’s screen? Perhaps. If it turns out that you can actually do this with your wireless Android Auto, please do not do it while driving.