Android Auto for smartphones is definitely dead
After deleting it from the first devices running Android 12 (Pixel 6 and 6 Pro), Google is definitely standing deactivating Android Auto on all smartphones. The news is not surprising, and it is the end of a journey that began three years ago with the announcement of the Assistant Driving Mode (actually delayed) and the formalization the following year of the farewell to the function.
As reported by some post which had started bouncing a couple of weeks ago on the internet, when starting Android Auto a message appeared from Google which warned how the phone function would stop working shortly and now seems to have been replaced by a much more definitive message:
Android Auto is now only available for car screens.
This is not to say that Android Auto it will not work: it is alone the smartphone interface to disappear. If connected to the car screenthe app will continue to work as before, but obviously those who do not have compatible screens will have to follow the line of thought of the green robot.
And now? Assistant is the way forward
But because Google made this choice, and what will the future? First of all, let’s say that Google seems directed to propose one UI in con mode fewer commands on small screens (therefore more voted to the voice commandssee Assistant), and with a more functional layout on car screens.
Starting from first pointfollowing the announcement of the farewell to Android Auto for smartphones, as anticipated at the beginning, Google had immediately proposed the alternative, the Assistant Help Mode. This is activated automatically, or at least it should have seen the first problems detected on release, and completely replaces the functions of the now deceased. Android Auto on phones. Startup problems aside, the Driving mode does not seem there yet solution optimal, or at least implementation optimal, as i voice commands they can be confused and this leads users to tinker with the phone, thus creating situations of potential danger.
This is with regard to the smartphone side of navigation but the most important changes concern the “vehicle” sidewhich apparently for Google is now the future. At the last I / O 2022in fact, the search giant has announced big news regarding Android Auto for car screens, with a more flexible user interface and clear to make it easier to navigate, control multimedia content and communicate with others while driving, as well as a standard split screen view on all devices.
But that’s not all. Google has long since developed a version of his own operating system just for vehicles: Android Automotive, and that is where the greatest efforts seem to be concentrated. The difference between Android Auto and Android Automotive is that the former is on phones, with the car screen which simply acts as an external monitor, while the second is a real operating system pre-installed on the car. It works on the vehicle so independent and you don’t need one smartphone Android to make it work.
Android Automotive was developed in collaboration with some car manufacturers such as Polestar (the first to use it), but for the future it could be adopted by more and more producers and Google is very active in development. So we can bet our next car will make us leave it smartphone in a compartment not to have distractions. Assuming that the Mountain View house doesn’t you change your mind.