Google will remove the Android Auto for Phone Screens app

This move was already anticipated when Google removed the Android Auto for Phone Screens app from new Android 12 devices last year.

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05 June 2022, 11:13

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Google is removing the Android Auto for Phone Screens app that works through an in-app pop-up message, Verge reported. This feature is used by people who don’t have a car with the latest versions of Android Auto running on the infotainment screen as the app offers an in-car interface of Android which is safer to use when mounting the phone on a car dashboard. This move was already anticipated when Google removed the app from new Android 12 devices last year.

Until now, older smartphone users could still access the app, but now Google is finally removing the app from all devices. The Android Auto app for phone screens is an affordable and accessible solution that every vehicle owner can use to enjoy all the benefits of Android Auto. However, now they will either have to buy an expensive new headunit that supports Android Auto or buy a newer car to experience Android Auto.

(Also Read | Google updates Android Auto app with new split-screen interface)

The report says the move is part of a debacle due to Google’s “confusing plans” from 2019, when the tech giant wanted its users to switch from a phone-based Android Auto experience to Google Driving Mode. Assistant then to come. But then the latter was delayed and only released in 2020.

It was during this time that the Android Auto for Phone Screens app became the stopgap solution for using Android while driving, even though it didn’t have the latest car that supported Android Auto.

The report notes that Google Assistant’s driving mode isn’t a one-on-one replacement either, as the app’s linear approach receives prompts that could be distracting compared to the Android Auto interface. It could also cause users to fumble with a cell phone while driving if Google Assistant receives a bad voice request.

Date of first publication: June 05, 2022, 11:11 a.m. IST

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