As Android Auto transitions to being an experience solely available for car screens, the version that operates natively on your phone is officially waving goodbye.
ONLY CAR SCREENS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ANDROID AUTO. When Android Auto first came out in 2015, it was accessible in vehicles that were compatible as well as in a version that could be used on a smartphone. Years later, Google decided to pull the plug on that experience, but had to offer Android Auto for Phone Screens as a stopgap measure while its replacement was still in the works.
An announcement that it would soon disappear began to emerge in Android Auto for Phone Screens at the beginning of this month.
Soon, Android Auto for phone screens will become unusable.
In 2021, Google already stopped supporting Android Auto for Phone Screens for smartphones running Android 12 and higher, but it continued to support devices running older versions of the operating system. Google declined to say when the Phone Screens app would actually stop functioning, but it did confirm that it would be discontinued for everyone.
That moment has now arrived.
Android Auto for Phone Screens has completely ceased to function for users of Android 11 and earlier as of this week. Although the software is still installed, opening it immediately sends you to the Android Auto settings page, where it informs you that the platform is currently only supported by car screens.
Currently, Android Auto is only accessible on car screens.
The modification was immediately noticeable on our TCL 30 V running Android 11, and users of some began to notice it a few days ago.
The replacement is Google Assistant Driving Mode (GADM). Of course, this shutdown is taking place in order to redirect customers to Google Assistant Driving Mode.
The long-delayed general rollout of Driving Mode occurred in 2021; it introduced a different user interface (UI) than what had first been announced in 2019 but was ultimately up to standard by September. We recently compared the two experiences and discovered that, for the vast majority of essential features, Driving Mode serves as a sufficient substitute for Android Auto for Phone Screens. It is, however, a very different experience and doesn’t feel like a substitute.
We came to the following conclusions:
Given that Android Auto is about to undergo another revision and is currently a generation behind, it makes logical for Google to want to shut down the Android Auto for Phone Screens app. But the majority of people didn’t want Assistant Driving Mode to replace it.
It’s unfortunate that Android Auto’s simplicity on your phone’s display is permanently disappearing. It was a terrific method to have a straightforward, user-friendly interface in the automobile without having to buy a new car or update the head unit.
What’s done is done, in any case. Only automobile screens can currently use Android Auto.
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