AAWireless pioneered this product category with a concept that rapidly gained traction. Android Auto wireless adapters allow drivers to convert the wired version of Android Auto to a cordless experience. The device connects to the car's USB port and then wirelessly to the mobile device via Bluetooth, allowing Android Auto to be projected to the infotainment screen without the need for additional wires.
Several other companies launched similar devices, but Motorola's adapter received particular attention after receiving stage time at last year's Google's I/O developer event. The search giant praised the adapter, so many customers decided to give it a try, hoping for increased reliability specifically because it's a device that Google itself praised.
If you didn't get the chance to try out the MA1 wireless adapter, there's no better time to buy the device than right now, as it just scored the biggest discount since its launch. The device debuted with a $89.99 price tag but has been in high demand ever since. Scalpers tried to sell the device at ridiculous prices, with some sellers listing the device online with a $200 price tag.
Motorola eventually resolved stock issues, so now the MA1 is available with next-day delivery in the United States. Thanks to this new discount, it's available for just $75. The discount is offered only for a limited time, but Motorola didn’t provide such information, so you'd better hurry up and order the adapter while the offer is still live.
MA1 works similarly to AAWireless. Drivers must plug the device into the USB port of their car (the one used for Android Auto) and then connect it to the smartphone via Bluetooth. Once you do this, Android Auto should run wirelessly, though you may notice a small delay every time you start the engine. In my time with the Motorola MA1 adapter, I noticed an occasional 20-second delay when turning on the engine, as the device must boot, then connect to the mobile device, and eventually emulate the wireless connection to the head unit.
The experience with the MA1 is otherwise flawless, though I've seen people complaining of occasional reliability issues, including random disconnects – mostly caused by the USB connection between the car and the adapter, as the Bluetooth link between MA1 and the phone remains active.
AAWireless, Motorola's main competitor in the Android Auto wireless adapter space, is available on Amazon for $79.99 in the United States. The device is in stock and comes with next-day delivery.