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I assume it must work like Apple CarPlay, just connect via Bluetooth or a USB cable… then the Mazda asks if you want to use the phone’s software.
 

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Good question. I have been trying to get this to work via android developer option. I even set my phone to be a wifi hotspot but that didn't work. It seems that the mazda connect head unit needs inbuilt wifi. Whilst this seems to be an option over the pond in the USA it does not seem enabled in Europe. I think that you pay Verizon in the usa for connectivity to enable services. Mazda seem to be reserving usage to purely mazda connect services in Europe. I have been reading the mazda connect guide and that gave me not a clue! Checking my setting option for connectivity does not give a wifi option . It does not work over Bluetooth it needs wifi seemingly.

Many internet sites seem to say it was available on older mazdas in some countries before mazda connect became the norm for 2020, 2021 models. I will keep looking and hopefully someone else on the forum can possibly help. See below;

  • A compatible head unit: Your car radio, or head unit, needs to be capable of running Android Auto. It also needs to have Wi-Fi, and it needs to be certified to use its Wi-Fi connection in this manner.
  • A compatible phone: Your Android phone needs to be running Android 8.0 Oreo through Android 11 if it's a Pixel phone. The Samsung Galaxy S8 series and Note 8 series, and newer, support Android Audio Wireless if they're running Android 9.0 Pie through Android 11. They are adding newer phones all the time.
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Also found this;

Google’s updated Android Auto support page now notes that “any smartphone with Android 11.0” will be able to connect to Android Auto wirelessly. It’s likely in addition to Google and Samsung, phones from manufacturers like LG, Motorola, and OnePlus may also receive support when Android 11 is installed.

BUT ANDROID 11 SUPPORT FOR ANDROID AUTO WIRELESS COMES WITH A FEW REQUIREMENTS
But Android 11 support for Android Auto wireless comes with a few requirements: you need to have both a phone and Android Auto head unit that supports 5GHz Wi-Fi. If you live in Japan or Russia, you won’t have access as Google says those territories do not support Android Auto’s wireless feature. Even in the EU, there are additional requirements; Google says Android phones in the EU that use 5GHz Wi-Fi in the car must “comply with additional regulatory requirements,” but we’re not quite sure what that means for you.

How Android Auto Wireless Works
Most connections between phones and car radios use Bluetooth. This is how most hands-free calling implementations work, and you can also stream music over Bluetooth. However, Bluetooth connections don't have the bandwidth required by Android Auto Wireless.


To achieve a wireless connection between your phone and your car, Android Auto Wireless taps into the Wi-Fi functionality of your phone and your car head. It only works with vehicles that have Wi-Fi functionality.


Compatibility is further limited to specific car heads and phones that are designed to work with the system.


When a compatible phone is paired to a compatible car head, Android Auto Wireless works exactly like the wired version, only without wires. Your phone does all the heavy lifting, the information displays on your car touchscreen
and things like driving directions and answers that you ask Google Assistant play through the car speakers.

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Alan,
No just seen reviews on YouTube after doing research following original post.
My son who is big into cars tells me that any car can be re-coded by a specialist to allow Android Auto to work via Bluetooth (not sure if he is correct though). States he is going to get it done when he gets his new Ford ST next year.
 

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Interesting re coding change given the bandwidth issue raised in how android auto wireless works. Would it not nullify your warranty...mmmm food for thought. Will look at uk devices. Hopefully they are plug and play and don't required any jiggery pokery

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Most of the other uk options are to make your existing head work with android auto but not wirelessly it would appear. Found this one as well


But it has raised a question in my head. You plug these devices into the USB and install an app on your phone to get them to work. Your phone wirelessly connects to android auto but where does the phone get its charge from, what is the drain on the phone with this solution and finally is it really that much hassle to plug it in to an existing USB cable :unsure: just thinking out loud

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Personally I would rather not have Android Auto as I think it just encourages you to interact with your phone too much. My 27 Yr old son refuses to link his phone to his car to avoid distractions. I too would rather have less of my phone and concentrate on driving. Part of the reason I like the MX-30 is that it hasn't got a huge touch screen like many other EVs where I think driver safety has been compromised with too much information and too much driver interaction required. Less is more!!
 

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Agree but I like it for a few reasons. Google maps is far more accurate than mazda satnav based on my last 3 mazda cx5's, and you can ask for a destination by voice commands. I also like to ask google to send or receive sms or WhatsApp messages by voice without taking my eyes off the road or my hands off the wheel. This came in handy when my son had a serious illness, and was in hospital, to get/give updates when I was on the move. Needs must at times. I use it very rarely for live calls as this is the main distraction for me personally. Music connectivity for apple music is also good. So yes, if you allow to, it can be distracting but to me personally it does have its benefits. Different strokes for different folks I suppose Fyldeman.

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Android Auto also lets you use music apps rather than listening to the radio which is pretty awesome. Don't dwell too much on wireless Android Auto though as apparently it's buggy, laggy and rubbish compared to wired.
 

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ordered an AA Wireless (indiegogo) and works like a charm. Current issue is their supply leadtimes and chip shortage, but the device itself work perfectly and it is plug and play (I added a wireless charger mat too and voilá)

the device comes with an handy app with allows you multiple settings. It also allows to send the audio via BT instead of USB (and this would be amazing) but Mazda will not allow me to use the phone for "calls and audio" while AA is running - if anyone has a trick on this - would be amazing!
 

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It was mentioned earlier in the thread. Leads times look to be around March. Glad you got one and tested it because that was the question I asked in the earlier part of the chat(y). The wireless mat I assume plugs into the USB socket?

Normal plug in android allows both calls and audio...does yours allow this plugged in and have you got the Bluetooth setting to phone and audio as well?

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Hi Alan - so to give more info on this.
Any phone running android 11 is AA wireless compatible, but... if the stereo in the car is wired only, there is no turnaround this and the connection can be cabled only. Until AA wireless come in the market. This is a little plug in box that connects to the car USB and created a "wireless bridge" between the device and your phone (so technically the car is still running a WIRED android auto, but the wired part is the device, not your phone). This device is still in crowd founding but it is really advanced in terms of development (both the device and the app). Unfortunately leadtime is a problem (ad now they plan March deliveries), they randomly pop up in ebay and sell a 3x the original cost!. Said that it works like a charm and you can move it to any car too (as it plugs in like a usb stick).

The wireless mat is plugged into the 12v socket via a fast charger USB adaptor for 3 reasons:
  • the 12v socket turns off with the car (USB are always on!)
  • USB are linked to AA and this might mess around
  • USB are NOT fast charging

Regarding USB vs BT
the device allows audio via USB (calls are always via BT with AA)
the known issue is that the quality of audio via USB is crap compared to BT - even if with original cable or anker cable (and AA never fixed this) - you can try yourself using spotify via USB/AA - then turn off AA - change BT to phone and audio and stream Spotify via BT - another planet.
the device allows you to turn off the USB audio (so AA runs, but you can push the audio via BT), the issue here is that the Mazda stereo does not allow the BT connection to be both phone and audio IF aa is running (and I have not found a walkaround for this, but still diggin!)
 

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Wonder when it will available for purchase in the UK. Found lots of articles but no UK seller. Seems to be USA focused at the moment. If anyone finds a UK seller please post it on this link..ta👍

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