Google is Sunsetting Android Auto for Phone Screens

Google is retiring Android Auto for Phone Screens for good. Google had already made the app incompatible on Android 12 handsets last year, but it has now started displaying an “Android Auto for phone screens will stop working soon” message on older versions of the OS as well (via 9to5Google).

As its name suggests, Android Auto for Phone Screens lets Android users access the Android Auto experience on their phone screen. On Android Auto compatible cars, users can just plug in their phone to access Android Auto without downloading this app.

“For the people who use Android Auto in supported vehicles, that experience isn’t going away – and in fact we announced an upcoming major UI improvement recently at Google I/O. For those who use the on phone experience (Android Auto mobile app), they will be transitioned to Google Assistant driving mode which is our next evolution of the mobile driving experience,” Google explained in a statement.

Google Assistant Driving Mode is a pretty solid alternative to Android Auto on phones, and it’s currently supported on Android 9.0 or newer in select markets. The experience lets you use your voice to read and send messages, make calls, and control media, though some features aren’t available in all languages or countries.

If you do have a car with built-in support for Android Auto, the platform will get a bit update this summer. New features include universal split-screen support, expanded Assistant features, as well as new entertainment experiences with the YouTube, Tubi, Epix, and other video streaming apps coming soon.

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  • mdsharpe

    03 June, 2022 - 1:31 pm

    <p>Disappointing. Not everyone has a car with built-in Android Auto. I’ll see what the "replacement" Assistant functionality looks like, but I’m not going to hold my breath.</p>

    • Rob_Wade

      08 June, 2022 - 3:29 pm

      <p>Google Assistant Driving Mode is every bit as laughable as all other assistants. NOBODY does this right. Nobody. It shouldn’t matter if I’m driving. I should be able to run completely voice-controlled. They’re all shortsighted idiots.</p>

  • randallcorn

    Premium Member
    03 June, 2022 - 1:38 pm

    <p>So what is a good replacement? I like the heads up display on my phone since my car does not have Android Auto. I have tried a few others but they were quirky</p>

    • lightbody

      15 June, 2022 - 8:03 am

      <p>Have a look at Car Puride. They do a range of screens that you can use relatively cheaply</p>

  • melinau

    Premium Member
    04 June, 2022 - 10:59 am

    <p>I have a car which supposedly supports wireless Android Auto &amp; according to Google devices running Android 12 should work seamlessly. It appears, however, that some ‘phones in Europe simply don’t work…. </p><p>Hopefully Google &amp; partners will do better in the promised update.</p>

  • lightbody

    15 June, 2022 - 8:01 am

    <p>I relied on Android Auto for phone screens for many years, in the three older cars that I have access to. It always worked absolutely perfectly, and consistently with my modern car which was a delight. Why does Google do this to us…</p><p><br></p><p>I tried Google Assistant driving mode, but it didn’t support landscape mode which I always use, and was fiddly and erratic, so I gave up. I then bought a Chinese made screen for my car which supports Android Auto and Apple Car play, and that works a treat, although its no tperfect either.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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