In case you’re a fan of Android Auto however hate having to plug in your cellphone, the Motorola MA1 may very well be price a glance — it’s a USB dongle that turns your wired Android Auto-equipped automobile into one that may hook up with your cellphone wirelessly. The MA1, which can for $90 beginning January thirtieth, pairs together with your cellphone utilizing Bluetooth after which transmits knowledge over 5Ghz Wi-Fi. Provided that only a few cars support wireless Android Auto from the factory (particularly in comparison with those that support the wired version), this gadget may make for a comparatively straightforward and cheap improve.
After all, wi-fi Android Auto does have its drawbacks — because it’s not plugged in, your cellphone received’t be charging as you navigate with maps or take heed to music utilizing your automobile’s display. Whereas that is probably not perfect for street journeys, the comfort issue that comes with the MA1’s automated pairing is tough to argue with for on a regular basis errands and commutes. It’s designed to look a bit like a Chromecast, so it shouldn’t be too obtrusive, even when your USB ports aren’t hidden away in a middle console. It additionally comes with a sticky mounting pad in case you don’t need it rattling round.
It’s price noting that the corporate behind this product isn’t really the Motorola that made any permutations of the Razr flip cellphone or your outdated dial-up modem. As a substitute, the MA1 is from SGW World, also referred to as Meizhou Guo Wei Electronics Co., Ltd, which describes itself as a “Motorola Strategic Brand Partner.” Principally, it’s an organization that licenses the Motorola identify. (Although the MA1 could be attention-grabbing whatever the identify slapped on it.) There aren’t a ton of choices for turning your wired Android Auto head unit right into a wi-fi one, so the MA1 may very well be a nifty gadget for Android customers — if it’s good.
SGW World says that you simply’ll be capable to use the MA1 with telephones working Android 11 or larger and that your cellphone must have an energetic knowledge plan. And, clearly, your automobile or aftermarket head unit will nonetheless must assist wired Android Auto. Nonetheless, if you wish to improve your automobile with wi-fi Android Auto, this may very well be a great way to do it. Although we received’t know for certain till we get to test it out and put it by its paces.
PS: In case you, like me, thought, “Wait, Android 11 and up? I heard Google was getting rid of Android Auto with Android 12,” by no means concern. Whereas it’s changing the model that runs in your cellphone display with Google Assistant driving mode, the corporate says the expertise would be the similar in case you’re utilizing it in your automobile’s display.
Correction, January fifth: The unique model of this text said the MA1 could be obtainable right now, when it’ll really be obtainable beginning January thirtieth. We remorse the error.