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Google to abandon its Android Auto mobile app, replacing it with Google Assistant, IT News, ET CIO

Washington: The American technology giant Google has confirmed that it will close its standalone “Android Auto for Phone Screens” application from Android 12.

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

In a statement, Google said, “For those who use the experience on the phone (Android Auto mobile app), they will switch to the Google Assistant driving mode. From Android 12, the Google Assistant driving mode will be driving. integrated mobile experience. We have no further details to share at this time. “

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

The confirmation from Google came after a media outlet reported that some users were seeing a message in the “Android Auto for Phone Screens” app stating that the service was “now only available for car screens” and directing users to phones to Google Assistant driving mode as a replacement. .

Meanwhile, there are also reports that the “Android Auto for Phone Screens” app now says it is incompatible with Pixel devices running Android 12.

Android Auto’s app history is a bit messy, but it’s a long overdue move. The saga began in 2019, when Google decided to bring most of Android Auto’s features into Android 10 as a system-level feature and discontinue the previously downloadable app.

This is fine for anyone with a car that is compatible with Android Auto, but anyone with an older vehicle would have lost access to the user-friendly interface available directly on their phone.

According to The Verge, Google’s plan for these users was a new Google Assistant mode of driving, but this software was delayed and, although announced in 2019, it didn’t start rolling out until late in the year. ‘last year.

This meant that Google did indeed need an interim measure, and the awkwardly named “Android Auto for Phone Screens” app was born.

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