Google to Discontinue Android Auto Mobile App Starting With Android 12

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Google Assistant Driving Mode

Google has confirmed that it will be shutting down its standalone ”Android Auto for Phone Screens” app from Android 12 onwards. If you want a driving-friendly interface for your Android phone, then use the Google Assistant Driving Mode. It is available within Google Maps. The native Android Auto interface available in select cars.

The company said, “For those who use the on phone experience (Android Auto Mobile App), they will be transitioned to Google Assistant driving mode. Starting with Android 12, Google Assistant driving mode will be the built-in mobile driving experience. We have no further details to share at this time.”

The company mentions that the experience will not be changing for anyone using Android Auto in compatible cars.

Google’s confirmation came after a news outlet. The news reported that some users were seeing a message in the ”Android Auto for Phone Screens” app. It said that the service is “now only available for car screens”. The message also pointed phone users towards Google Assistant driving mode as a replacement.

Google on Android Auto for Phone Screens

There are reports that ”Android Auto for Phone Screens” app says it’s incompatible with Pixel devices running on Android 12.

Android Auto’s app history is a little bit messy, but this is a move that’s been a long time coming. The saga started in 2019, when the company decided to build most of Android Auto’s features into Android 10 as a system-level feature, and discontinue the previously downloadable app.

That’s fine for anyone with an Android Auto-compatible car, but anyone with an older vehicle would have lost access to the driving-friendly interface available directly on their phone.

Google’s plan for these users was a new Google Assistant driving mode. But this software came out late this year and not in 2019. The company effectively needed a stopgap measure, and the clunkily named ”Android Auto for Phone Screens app” was born.

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