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Google is shutting down the Android Auto phone app

Android Auto is best-known as a technique to entry your phone by means of a automotive’s dashboard — this allows you to simply entry Google Maps, music apps and knowledge with no need to make use of your phone. But for years now, Google has additionally supplied an Android Auto expertise instantly on a phone, for individuals who do not have a suitable dashboard unit. More just lately, Google has additionally been engaged on an “Assistant driving mode” (pictured above) that arrived earlier this year after a couple of delays. Now that Google Assistant driving mode is completed, although, the company will cease providing the outdated Android Auto expertise on telephones operating Android 12.

An announcement from Google shared with 9to5Google confirms this plan. Google Assistant driving mode is our subsequent evolution of the cellular driving expertise,” the statement reads. “For the individuals who use Android Auto in supported autos, that have isn’t going away. For those that use the on phone expertise (Android Auto cellular app), they are going to be transitioned to Google Assistant driving mode. Starting with Android 12, Google Assistant driving mode will probably be the built-in cellular driving expertise. We don’t have any additional particulars to share at the moment.”

Before Google confirmed this alteration, some Pixel house owners operating Android 12 acquired a notification when making an attempt to run the Android Auto app on their telephones. It stated that Android Auto was now “only available for car screens” and advisable that they struggle the Google Assistant driving expertise as a substitute. Given that the new Google Assistant expertise will clearly be the focus going ahead, switching over most likely is not a giant deal for most individuals. But should you do not improve your phone to Android 12, you’ll hold operating the Android Auto app, at the very least for the time being.

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