Official: Google Kills Android Auto for Smartphone

If you do not have a compatible multimedia system, Android Auto for smartphone was not a bad alternative at all. But starting with Android 12, Google is going to kill that option and replace it with an option that is currently a little less good.

In May Google introduced Android 12, the next big update to the Android operating system. The new version is about to bring with it some lines in the user interface segment, new widgets, custom design, improved performance and also some lines in the privacy segment. But what Google has not mentioned, and has only just been revealed, is that the company is also killing one of its most useful apps for drivers: Android Auto for Phone Screens.

The replacement has arrived
In 2014 Google launched Android Auto, which allowed you to mirror the screen of your Android device to supportive multimedia systems with an enlarged and driving-friendly user interface, so you won’t have to mess with your small smartphone screen and its complicated interfaces.

In 2016, Google allowed Android Auto to operate in a new and interesting way, on your smartphone. . In 2019 Google re-launched the app under the name Android Auto for Phone Screens (which is actually a shortcut to the same feature of Android Auto) due to delays in the development of a new feature for Google Assistant. But the XDA website has noticed that in recent days a new announcement has been received.

“Android Auto is currently only available for car screens. Try using your smartphone in Google Assistant driving mode. ” Common to all the users who received this message is that they are on Android devices running Android 12. In addition to the same message, whoever logs in with his Android 12 device to Google Play to download the app again gets the message that it is not compatible with his smartphone.

Google has confirmed that it kills the original service, but there is still a way to run it (currently)
Google responded to 9to5google’s request and confirmed XDA’s actual report: “For people who use Android Auto in supported vehicles, the experience is not going anywhere. Those who use the smartphone experience will switch to Google Assistant Driving Mode. Starting with Android 12, Google Assistant Driving Mode will become the built-in driving experience on mobile. We have no further details to share at this time. ”

Only those with a US Google account could download it from Google Play, and the rest had to do Sideloading and install its APK file. Although this is a kind of basic right in Android, it comes with its drawbacks in the form of fake versions, infected with damage and of course they do not support updates like in the app store – and therefore, this is not a recommended way for most basic Android users.

XDA checked whether Google blocked server-side access to Android Auto, and at least for now, anyone who installed the APK file or installed the app ahead of time can continue to use it even if it is updated to Android 12 or buys a device that comes with it. And another kind of consolation that is not really consolation: thanks to the rampant fragmentation in Android, a huge majority of the devices will get the update only somewhere in the coming years.

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If you do not have a compatible multimedia system, Android Auto for smartphone was not a bad alternative at all. But starting with Android 12, Google is going to kill that option and replace it with an option that is currently a little less good.

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