Android auto phone happens to be best known for the sake of accessing your phone via the aid of your car’s dashboard – with this being an easy way for you to access Google maps, music apps and also data without there ever being the need for you to use your phone. But now though, for years, Google has actually also offered an Android auto experience directly on the phone as well – for people who don’t exactly have a compatible dashboard unit. More recently though, Google has also been in the works for an “Assistant driving mode” that made its way earlier this year, after came about a few delays. And now that Google Assistant driving mode is finally finished though, the company will actually stop offering the old Android Auto experience that is present in the phones which happen to be running Android 12.
A statement from the search engine giant also actually confirms this particular plan. Indeed Google Assistant driving mode is our next evolution of the mobile driving experience – as per the statement from Google itself. “For the people who use Android Auto in supported vehicles, that experience isn’t going away. For those who use the on-phone experience (Android Automobile app), they will be transitioned to Google Assistant driving mode. Starting with Android 12, Google Assistant driving mode will be the built-in mobile driving experience. We have no further details to share at this time.”
Before Google eventually did confirm this change, some Pixel owners running Android 12 ended up receiving a notification when trying to run the Android Auto app present on their phones. It is actually said that Android Auto was now “only available for car screens” and recommended that they also try Google Assistant driving experience instead of this. Considering the fact that the new Google Assistant experience will clearly be the focus going forward, switching over probably isn’t that big a deal for most people anyways. But if you don’t actually upgrade to Android 12, you’ll still be able to run the Android Auto app – at least for the time being.