Google stops Android Auto for phone screens

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Last year, Google confirmed that as of Android 12, it will stop supporting the standalone app “Android Auto for Phone Screens”. The tech giant also said that customers using the Android Auto app on their smartphones will be transitioned to Google Assistant Driving Mode.

While the company pulled the plug on Android Auto for phone screens on devices running Android 12, it didn’t specify when the app would actually stop working on older releases.

According to a new report from 9to5Google, Google has now finally shut down the mobile version of the Android Auto app for users on Android 11 and earlier. This feature was available for both car displays and phone screens.

However, in the future, the application will only be compatible with car displays and will no longer be available on any version of the Android operating system. The app has also been removed from the Google Play Store.

According to 9to5Google, earlier this month, some users noticed a message stating that “Android Auto for phone screens will soon stop working”. However, early this week, when users attempted to launch the Android Auto for Phone Screens app installed on their Android smartphones running 11 and earlier, they were redirected to Android Auto’s settings page which greeted them with a message that read: “Android Auto is now only available for car screens”.

The reason for the retiring of the Android Auto app for phone screens is an attempt to encourage the users to use the Google Assistant Drive Mode feature, which was first announced at I/O 2019. Google is calling the Driving Mode a built-in mobile driving experience.

The Google Assistant Driving Mode was widely introduced last year and works on devices running Android 9 or higher. It has most of the core features that were available on the now defunct Android Auto for phone screens. It helps you perform actions while driving using voice commands that allow you to read and send messages, make calls and control media.

Currently, the Google Assistant Driving Mode only works in portrait mode. You can access it by simply asking the Assistant to “Start Driving Mode” or by saying “Hey Google, let’s drive”.

Now that Android Auto for phone screens is no longer available, you either need to buy a vehicle with Android Auto as a built-in feature or switch to Google Assistant driving mode.

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