External factors haven’t hindered BMW’s promise to bring upgrades to its operating system by the middle of the year.
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BMW Australia remains confident it will deliver on its promise of an Android Auto upgrade by mid-2020, despite concerns surrounding coronavirus COVID-19 and its negative effect on the automotive industry.

In late-2019, the marque said it will integrate Android Auto into its iDrive operating software for the first time – and expand the system’s capacity to be updated with over-the-air (OTA) wireless technology – by mid-2020.

“We’re still on track [for mid-2020],” BMW Australia told CarAdvice.

Any BMW model with (at least) iDrive 7.0 operating software will be able to receive Android Auto – amongst other updates – via OTA technology using either a SIM card in the car or by downloading the update onto a phone and transferring it to the car at a later time.

However, the Android Auto update will not roll out to all regions simultaneously.

“It’s not instantaneous for everyone,” BMW’s Prabs Datar said. “It’s actually VIN by VIN that we initially select the vehicles to send it to.”

BMW's addition of free Android Auto follows the call to axe its subscription-based Apple CarPlay service which proved unpopular.