Google has confirmed it’s shutting down the standalone “Android Auto for Cellphone Screens” app with Android 12. As a substitute, anybody who desires a driving-friendly interface for his or her Android cellphone ought to use the Google Assistant driving mode, which is on the market inside Google Maps, or the native Android Auto interface accessible in choose vehicles.
“For individuals who use the on cellphone expertise (Android Auto cell app), they are going to be transitioned to Google Assistant driving mode,” Google stated in a press release. “Beginning with Android 12, Google Assistant driving mode would be the built-in cell driving expertise. We have now no additional particulars to share presently.” Google says that the expertise isn’t altering for anybody utilizing Android Auto in suitable vehicles.
Google’s affirmation got here after XDA Developers reported that some customers had been seeing a message within the Android Auto for Cellphone Screens app that stated the service is “now solely accessible for automotive screens” and pointed cellphone customers in the direction of Google Assistant driving mode as a alternative. In the meantime, 9to5Google reports that the Android Auto for Cellphone Screens app now says it’s incompatible with Pixel units working Android 12.
Android Auto’s app historical past is somewhat bit messy, however it is a transfer that’s been a very long time coming. The saga began in 2019, when Google determined to build most of Android Auto’s features into Android 10 as a system degree function, and discontinue the beforehand downloadable app. That’s advantageous for anybody with an Android Auto-compatible automotive, however anybody with an older car would have misplaced entry to the driving-friendly interface accessible straight on their cellphone. Dangerous occasions.
Google’s plan for these customers was a brand new Google Assistant driving mode, however this software program was delayed, and regardless of being introduced in 2019, it solely began rolling out late last year (it’s subsequently expanded internationally). That meant Google successfully wanted a stopgap measure, and the clunkily named Android Auto for Phone Screens app was born. The Verge’s Dieter Bohn did a great rundown of the situation in 2019 if you wish to be taught extra.