Out of the nations the place Android Auto is supported, there have been two main holdouts that haven’t allowed Android Auto Wi-fi — Japan and Russia. At present, it appears Android Auto Wi-fi has now change into permitted in Russia.
Final month, Google shared that Android 11 is bringing Android Auto Wireless — beforehand a Google Pixel and Samsung unique — to all gadgets. At the moment, each Japan and Russia had been nonetheless explicitly listed as not supporting wi-fi connectivity.
At present, Google up to date its official Android Auto support documents, eradicating the phrase “(wi-fi not supported)” from Russia’s itemizing. If the change to the doc is certainly right, those that stay in or are visiting Russia ought to now — or at the least quickly — have the ability to use Android Auto Wi-fi.
We’re unsure presently what modified to make this potential, whether or not this was a change to Russian legal guidelines to permit the tech on the whole or one thing particular that Google was in a position to work out within the nation. We’ve reached out to Google for clarification. If it is a extra basic change, it might imply that comparable applied sciences like Apple’s wi-fi CarPlay might additionally now be allowed within the nation.
After all, as at all times, you’ll want each a appropriate cellphone and a car or stereo receiver that’s appropriate with Android Auto Wi-fi. Contemplating the expertise was not beforehand permitted in Russia and that Android Auto Wi-fi receivers are exhausting to seek out even in nations like the US, it’s doubtless this variation gained’t have an effect on most individuals within the close to future.
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