Android Auto deep dive: Wireless, reverse engineering, and more

David Ruddock
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Android Auto deep dive: Wireless, reverse engineering, and more

On this week's episode, we take a good, long look at Android Auto (and a sidelong glance at Android Automotive) including the technical nuts and bolts of how it works and the seemingly immovable burdens that present when Google partners with automakers.

We're joined by Emil Borconi-Szedressy, a co-developer of the nifty AAWireless dongle to enable wireless Android Auto in otherwise-incompatible vehicles and the creator of the Headunit Reloaded app which enables Android Auto in aftermarket head units.

  • 02:27 - How were in-vehicle infotainment systems coming along prior to Android Auto?
  • 08:56 - What are the experiential differences between Android Auto and Android Automotive?
  • 17:30 - What is the essence of Android Auto? How does it work?
  • 31:03 - What happens on the Android device when Auto is turned on?
  • 40:17 - What does the future look like for Android Auto?

About the Podcast

Android Bytes (powered by Esper)

A weekly show that dives deep into the Android OS

Android Bytes (powered by Esper) is the podcast that dives deep into the engineering and business decisions behind the world’s most popular OS. 

Android powers over 3 billion devices worldwide and is the platform of choice for over a thousand companies. You’ll find Android on smartphones, tablets, watches, TV, cars, kiosks, and so much more. How does Google architect Android to run on so many form factors, and how do companies fork AOSP to make it run on even more devices? These are the kinds of questions the Android Bytes podcast considers each week.

Join cohosts Mishaal Rahman and David Ruddock, two journalists with extensive knowledge covering the Android OS platform and ecosystem, as they speak to system architects, kernel engineers, app developers, and other distinguished experts in the Android space.

Get in touch with us at if you’re looking to use Android for your product — we have the experience you need.

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David Ruddock was the Editor in Chief at Esper. He's been using Android for well over a decade — his first smartphone was the Google Nexus One. In his 11 years as a technology journalist, David worked with major brands like Google, Samsung, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Verizon, and Amazon, reviewed hundreds of products, and broken dozens of exclusive stories.