By Andrew Romero & Ben Schoon
Android Auto is an awesome addition to have in your car. Taking calls, sending texts, and getting directions is only the beginning of what it can do. The issue is that many cars require a wired Android Auto connection to your phone. That is, until more companies have recently started developing adapters to take that out of the equation.
The Motorola MA1 is one more fantastic device that lets you connect to Android Auto completely wirelessly.
The MA1 is the first dongle officially certified by Google. While others exist - like the AAWireless dongle - Motorola's attempt at a wireless Android Auto experience is backed by Google, and it seemingly knocks it out of the park.
Because it's certified, setting up and using the device is a complete breeze. In all, it only took about two or so minutes to get everything running in our tests.
All you need is a USB-A port in your car (and Android Auto capabilities) to plug in the Motorola MA1. Because the dongle doesn't have a replaceable wire, this means cars with only USB-C ports won't be able to take advantage of this particular device without an external adapter.
The MA1 works really well and doesn't feel cheap at all, though it's made of plastic. Because we've only been able to test it out for a short period, it wouldn't be fair to fully compare it to the AAWireless dongle, which in all regards is still a fantastic option.
In the coming weeks, we'll be sure to do a comparison on both dongles and see which one stacks up as the best for your Android Auto vehicle. For more info, check out 9to5Google.com.