There is a lot of confusion among car audio salesmen about which phones can work with Android Auto.
While the simple answer is most phones running Lollipop (Android 5.0) are compatible with Android Auto, this actually varies by carrier as well as smartphone model. So an LG G2 on AT&T may be Android Auto ready, but not a G2 on T-Mobile.
Additionally, we hear reports that some Verizon Wireless phones don’t work with the new Pioneer radios (the only Android Auto-ready radios on the market) even though they may be updated to Lollipop.
To help wade through the confusion we called the customer service departments of the four leading carriers to find out which phones may be upgraded to Lollipop on each service. This, at least, can provide a baseline of phones that might work with Android Auto (a;though it doesn’t solve the Verizon issue).
After about a combined 3 hours on hold or pleading with carrier representatives, this is what we came up with. Feel free to post your experience in the comment section and we can published a revised chart, if warranted.
Remember, it’s not just about the phone model, but also about the phone carrier, when it comes to the phone’s ability to upgrade to Lollipop.