Google is discontinuing Android Auto Mobile App from Android 12 in favor of the Google Assistant

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The American technology giant Google has confirmed that it will switch off its independent app “Android Auto for Phone Screens” from Android 12 onwards.

According to The Verge, anyone who wants a driver-friendly UI for their Android phone should instead use the Google Assistant driving mode available in Google Maps or the native Android Auto UI available in select cars.

In a statement, Google said, “For those using the phone experience (Android Auto mobile app), they will be switched to the Google Assistant driving mode. Starting with Android 12, the driving mode of Google Assistant will be the integrated mobile driving experience. We currently have no further details to share. “

Google has said the experience won’t change for anyone using Android Auto in compatible cars.

The confirmation from Google came after a news agency reported that some users saw a message on the Android Auto for Phone Screens app saying the service was “now only available for car screens,” and phone users switched to the Google Assistant driving mode pointed out a replacement.

There have also been reports that the Android Auto for Phone Screens app now says it is incompatible with Android 12 Pixel devices.

Android Auto’s app history is a little messy, but this step has been a long time coming. The saga began in 2019 when Google decided to bring most of Android Auto’s functionality into Android 10 as a system-level feature and discontinued 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 driver-friendly user interface available right on their phone.

According to The Verge, Google was planning a new Google Assistant driving mode for these users, but that software was delayed and, although announced in 2019, it didn’t start rolling until late last year.

That meant that Google effectively needed a workaround, and the clunky Android Auto for Phone Screens app was born.

This week is Google I / O time on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast as we talk about Android 12, Wear OS, and more. Later (from 27:29 p.m.) we jump to Army of the Dead, Zack Snyder’s Netflix zombie heist film. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, and anywhere you get your podcasts.

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