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According to an Android site, the 2017 and later E-class has android auto. Can anyone confirm that? I've not found much information about it. I'm mostly interested with any ability to use Pandora on the E-class.

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According to an Android site, the 2017 and later E-class has android auto. Can anyone confirm that? I've not found much information about it. I'm mostly interested with any ability to use Pandora on the E-class.
Yes, the W213 supports Android Auto. You need to use a USB cable (no wireless) but that's true for all Android Auto.
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Where can you leave your phone while connected? Cupholder? Storage box? Thanks.
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Where can you leave your phone while connected? Cupholder? Storage box? Thanks.
There's a compartment in the console with cupholders, a removable ashtray, a wireless phone charger and a USB socket. That's where you connect the phone. There's also a hinged cover for the compartment, so you can leave the phone in the car, covered, if you want for a short stop. This is the configuration in my 2019. The earliest models didn't have the wireless charger but did have the USB socket. The wireless charger also has an NFC chip so you can pair the phone without Bluetooth if you want to for some reason but Android Auto needs USB. To make room for the wireless charger pad, the 12V power socket has been relocated to the passenger's knee space. This and the ashtray being removable to make another cup holder is also to discourage smoking in the car.

The Android Auto integration works well. Plug the cable into the phone and it starts automatically and takes over the screen. A short tap up on the Voice button on the steering wheel activates the car's voice command. A longer tap and you're talking to the phone. Pressing any of the several Home buttons in the car moves the screen from Android Auto back to the Mercedes infotainment interface. Long press on Voice or using a screen icon toggles back to Android Auto.
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I appreciate that reply. If you have an app like Pandora, can you use it with this system or iheart radio or Spotify? Can you change songs with Mercedes controls?
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I appreciate that reply. If you have an app like Pandora, can you use it with this system or iheart radio or Spotify? Can you change songs with Mercedes controls?
You can use any media app, but the only controls that work are the Android Auto ones, which are limited. An Android Auto upgrade, due soon, improves this.

The car has integrated TuneIn, which works with a separate $10/month AT&T dataplan (at least in '19 but I think it was Verizon in '17/'18). Also, the Sirius integration allows you to use Mercedes controls to skip around and replay songs, which is sort of cool. But that uses a new capability of Sirius/XM.

Of course the car's controls work pretty well with your own media library, either on your phone, a USB card (there are a total of three USB sockets) or SD card. Voice search of your media library also works pretty well.
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