Google abandons Android Auto app for smartphones


Tech giant Google is dropping the Android Auto app for smartphones, pushing users to use the Google Assistant. As reported by The edgethe company will shut down the Android Auto app for phone screens starting with Android 12 and users will instead have to use driving mode on the Google Assistant, which works with Google Maps and Android Auto-enabled maps.

“For those using the phone experience (Android Auto mobile app), they will be transferred to the Google Assistant driving mode. From Android 12, the Google Assistant driving mode will be the built-in mobile driving experience. We have no further details to share at this time,” the company said. The edge in a report.

Google notified users of the change through the app. Android Auto for Phone Screens app users reported that the app showed them a notification that it was only available for car screens. Instead, it directs users to the Google Assistant driving mode, as an alternative.

To be clear, Android Auto for phone screens wasn’t Google’s most used app in the first place. The app was launched in 2019 and has been downloaded over 5 million times, according to the Play Store listing, which isn’t the highest number anyway. Android Auto is designed to be part of in-car systems, and Google has worked with automakers to establish the same. Cars manufactured by Nissan, Kia, Hyundai, Mahindra & Mahindra and several others are already equipped with Android Auto in India.

Google also announced Google Assistant driving mode in 2019, but the feature only started rolling out to users last year.

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Deana N. Guinn