Approximately a yr back, the tech big lower the plug on the Android Car for cellular phone screens for users of Android 12, redirecting them to Google’s Assistant driving mode. Now, Google is shutting down the app entirely.
If customers of Android 11 and older versions open up the application, they’ll see the subsequent, terse message: “Android Auto for cellphone screens will cease operating soon”
Here’s a screenshot of my Xiaomi Redmi 11 (jogging on Android 11), when I open it:
The app is nonetheless usable, but the concept reappears each individual time it is activated. And there are no additional information as to how quickly “soon” truly is.
In a assertion to 9to5google, Google confirmed that the application is being completed away with, but didn’t share any data about when it’s likely to prevent operating:
For the men and women who use Android Auto in supported vehicles, that practical experience is not likely absent — and in reality we announced an approaching significant UI improvement not too long ago at Google I/O. For those who use the on telephone experience (Android Vehicle cellular app), they will be transitioned to Google Assistant driving mode which is our up coming evolution of the cellular driving practical experience. We have no further more specifics to share at this time.
This in essence implies that both you will invest in a automobile with Android Automobile as a developed-in feature, or you’ll have to change to the Google Assistant driving manner.
The Assistant driving manner has undoubtedly come a very long way given that its preliminary start. It brings together Google Maps and Assistant, both of which integrate many media apps. It looks much more fashionable and can more or much less tackle the same matters.
Nevertheless, it’s not fairly as polished as Android Vehicle however, and to activate it you’ll want to enter a place into Google Maps — something that is not often required and is not essential in Android Automobile.
Presumably, you will be able to proceed making use of Android Vehicle in locations the place Google’s Assistant driving method isn’t accessible but. So appreciate it although you can, and if you’d like to switch from Google, it’s time to begin on the lookout for a substitute.