1st gen CarPlay (2016 models) head unit does not support Android Auto. Only 2017 or newer models do both.I don't know how did he do it, but I would love to know.
In fact I have a strange problem, my car has Carplay already, it shows as an option and it works fine, but it does not show Android Auto as an option (and it does not do anything if I plug an android phone)
Is there a way I can check if mine is compatible or not? how and where?Depending on the manufacture date of the car, some later 2016 models can be updated to add Android Auto support. In fact, if you check the web site linked to that video above, it also mentioned 2016.6 requirement.
It needs both software support (firmware update) and hardware wiring (if it has no CarPlay feature at all). Just like phone makers don't update all their old phones to latest OS, car makers can choose to not update old head unit as well.I have an March 2016 build GLA250 without COMAND and have been told there's no way to get Android Auto. I had a loaner 2017 without COMAND that did have Android Auto (I don't know what COMAND looks like, the GUI was nearly identical to my 2016). What am I missing from my 2016 that the 2017 has? I haven't been able to get an answer to that.