BMW completes the package by introducing wireless Android Auto

Updated Jun 26, 2020 | Same topic: Leading-Edge Tech Trends

BMW integrated Apple Carplay in its cars last 2016, now it introduces wireless Android Auto

If you’re familiar with BMWs, or if you’ve ever ridden on one, then you’ll know that the German marque is one of the car brands that are at the forefront of on-board car technologies. Case in point is the fact that BMW is actually the first car company to offer wireless Apple CarPlay back in 2016.

It’s far better than fiddling around with the Bluetooth Connectivity, more convenient than lugging along wires, and more entertaining than depending on the onboard MP3, AM/FM radio, and more advanced than using the car’s CD player.

Until now however, BMW only offered support for wireless Apple CarPlay. Recently however, the German car company has released a wireless version of Android Auto. This is of course beneficial for Android users who are also BMW owners. Also, there’s the point that Android users still outnumbers Apple iOS users with a 51.8 percent market share as per 2019 statistics. 

A picture of the BMW 5-Series on a road

More high-tech tools definitely means added desirability for the already very desirable brand

>>> Related: A complete guide to BMW cars

Wireless Android Auto features

Well, wireless Android Auto is exactly that. It allows an Android Phone seamless connectivity without having to depend on wires. It also enables the Bimmer’s on-board touchscreen’s BMW Operating System 7 to mirror the apps you have on your phone be it navigation apps, contact details, and your music apps.

It also takes voice controls so there’s no need to fiddle with your phone while driving. And before we forget, some elements from your phone app’s navigation can also be casted to a Bimmer’s heads-up-display letting you concentrate more on driving. And lastly, there’s no need for you to reconnect your phone every time you hop in your car because the system will remember your phone.

A picture of the BMW 5-Series' HUD

Now there's no excuse for you to get lost and be late to that car meet/business meeting

How to get wireless Android Auto for a BMW vehicle?

If your BMW already has the BMW Operating System 7, you can download an update using the remote software upgrade. If you’re unsure about this, you can always consult your nearest BMW dealerships. Currently, the iDrive 7.0 software is available in the 2019-2020 model years of the 2 Series Gran Coupe, 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, 8 Series, X3, X4, X5, X6, X7, and Z4.

A picture of the BMW touchscreen while using the wireless Android Auto

With the icons looking identical to the ones on your phone, navigation of the BMW OS 7 is easy and convenient

So, can you play Mobile Legends on your BMW’s touchscreen now? Maybe. How about editing articles and working on spreadsheets using Google Docs via your BMW’s screen? Possibly. If it turns out that you can actually do these with your wireless Android Auto, please just don’t do it while driving though.

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BMW has become one of the most acclaimed luxury car brands in the world through its elevated quality, refined aesthetics, and remarkable drive performance. In 1993, Filipino automobile enthusiasts had their first taste of the German brand’s top-class lineup and has since been topping the charts in the premium vehicle segment. In December 2017, SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp. (SMCACDC) became the official importer, distributor, and service provider of BMW automobiles and motorcycles in the Philippines. SMCACDC is an exclusively owned Filipino company under San Miguel Corporation headed by their chairman, Mr. Ramon S. Ang.

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.