Nearly a year in the past, the tech big reduce the plug on the Android Car for telephone screens for end users of Android 12, redirecting them to Google’s Assistant driving manner. Now, Google is shutting down the app altogether.
If end users of Android 11 and older variations open the app, they’ll see the next, terse message: “Android Car for cell phone screens will cease functioning soon”
Here’s a screenshot of my Xiaomi Redmi 11 (functioning on Android 11), when I open it:
The application is however usable, but the information reappears each individual time it’s activated. And there are no further aspects as to how shortly “soon” basically is.
In a statement to 9to5google, Google confirmed that the application is staying performed away with, but didn’t share any details about when it’s going to halt working:
For the people who use Android Automobile in supported automobiles, that knowledge isn’t likely away — and in point we introduced an forthcoming important UI enhancement recently at Google I/O. For individuals who use the on mobile phone working experience (Android Car cell app), they will be transitioned to Google Assistant driving method which is our subsequent evolution of the cellular driving encounter. We have no additional information to share at this time.
This fundamentally implies that both you’ll get a car with Android Vehicle as a designed-in function, or you are going to have to swap to the Google Assistant driving mode.
The Assistant driving manner has certainly appear a extended way because its original start. It combines Google Maps and Assistant, the two of which integrate numerous media apps. It appears to be far more modern day and can far more or fewer cope with the similar factors.
Nevertheless, it’s not fairly as polished as Android Auto but, and to activate it you will want to enter a spot into Google Maps — anything that isn’t usually vital and is not essential in Android Vehicle.
Presumably, you’ll be in a position to go on utilizing Android Auto in locations where Google’s Assistant driving mode is not readily available still. So appreciate it while you can, and if you’d like to switch from Google, it is time to start hunting for a substitute.