US tech giant Google has confirmed that it will end its standalone app “Android Auto for Phone Screens” from Android 12.
According to The Verge, those who want a user-friendly interface for driving on their Android phone should instead use Google Assistant’s driving mode, which is available in Google Maps, or the native Android Auto interface available in select cars. .
In a statement, Google said: “For those who use the experience on the phone (Android Auto mobile app), they will be transferred to Google Assistant driving mode. From Android 12, Google Assistant driving mode will be the experience integrated mobile driving. We have no more details to share at this point.”
Google said the experience won’t change for anyone using Android Auto in compatible cars.
Google’s confirmation came after a news agency reported that some users were seeing a message in the ”Android Auto for Phone Screens” app that said the service “is now only available for car screens” and targeted users phone 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 on Android 12.
Android Auto’s app history is a bit confusing, but that’s a long-standing change. The saga began in 2019, when Google decided to incorporate most of Android Auto’s features into Android 10 as a system-level feature and discontinue the previous downloadable app.
This is fine for anyone with an Android Auto-compatible car, but anyone with an older vehicle would have lost access to the user-friendly driving interface available directly on their phone.
According to The Verge, Google’s plan for these users was a new Google Assistant driving mode, but that software was delayed and, despite being announced in 2019, it didn’t start rolling out until the end of last year.
This meant that Google effectively needed a stopgap measure, and the clumsy ”Android Auto for Phone Screens” app was born.