Android Auto is a way to access your phone from your car’s dashboard – giving you easy access to Google Maps, music apps and data without having to use your phone. But for years, Google has also been offering an Android Auto experience directly on the phoneFor people who don’t have a compatible console. Google recently became Work on assistive driving mode (pictured above) that arrived earlier this year after some delay. With Google Assistant driving mode unavailable, the company will stop offering the old Android Auto experience on phones running Android 12.
Statement from Google Shared with 9to5Google Confirm this plan. Google Assistant driving mode is our next evolution of the mobile driving experience.” For people who use Android Auto in supported vehicles, that experience won’t go away. For those who use the mobile experience (Android Auto mobile app), they’ll be taken to Google Assistant driving mode As of Android 12, Google Assistant’s driving mode will be a built-in mobile driving experience. We can’t share more details at this time.”
Before Google confirmed this change, some Pixel owners using Android 12 received a notification when they tried to launch the Android Auto app on their phones. He said Android Auto is now “only available for car screens” and recommended trying out the Google Assistant driving experience instead. With the new Google Assistant experience clearly going to be the focus in the future, switching between them probably won’t be a problem for most people. But if you haven’t upgraded your phone to Android 12 yet, you can continue to use Android Auto for now.
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