Google is killing Android Auto for phone screens

Just about a yr back, the tech big minimize the plug on the Android Car for cellular phone screens for users of Android 12, redirecting them to Google’s Assistant driving manner. Now, Google is shutting down the app completely.

If consumers of Android 11 and more mature variations open the app, they’ll see the adhering to, terse message: “Android Vehicle for phone screens will cease functioning soon”

Here’s a screenshot of my Xiaomi Redmi 11 (functioning on Android 11), when I open it:

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The application is nevertheless usable, but the information reappears each time it is activated. And there are no more specifics as to how soon “soon” in fact is.

In a assertion to 9to5google, Google verified that the app is being finished absent with, but did not share any facts about when it is heading to end working:

For the individuals who use Android Car in supported vehicles, that encounter is not going absent — and in actuality we announced an upcoming main UI enhancement just lately at Google I/O. For individuals who use the on mobile phone encounter (Android Vehicle mobile application), they will be transitioned to Google Assistant driving manner which is our up coming evolution of the cellular driving expertise. We have no additional details to share at this time.

This mainly signifies that both you’ll get a vehicle with Android Automobile as a crafted-in attribute, or you are going to have to swap to the Google Assistant driving method.

The Assistant driving method has undoubtedly appear a lengthy way given that its original launch. It combines Google Maps and Assistant, equally of which combine many media applications. It appears to be like a lot more fashionable and can extra or significantly less handle the similar matters.

Continue to, it is not rather as polished as Android Car but, and to activate it you will have to have to enter a desired destination into Google Maps — a little something that is not generally important and is not essential in Android Automobile.

Presumably, you will be ready to keep on working with Android Vehicle in regions the place Google’s Assistant driving mode isn’t available still. So take pleasure in it although you can, and if you’d like to swap from Google, it’s time to start off wanting for a replacement.