Android Auto for mobile is officially dead. While the end of the app’s career has been announced for several months, Google just delivered the final blow this Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Indeed, the mobile app is now closed.
On does not play the surprise card. A year ago, Google announced the death of Android Auto for mobile in favor of Google Assistant’s Car Mode. In August 2021, the company had already removed the application on Android 12, but it was still possible to use the Android Auto mobile app on a smartphone equipped with Android 11 or 10.
Android Auto, therefore, benefited from a short delay. But in early June 2022, users started seeing a message when opening the app to remind them of the impending end of the service. They were also invited to migrate to Google Assistant driving mode as soon as possible. And as we’ve just learned, the application has just officially closed its doors. From Wednesday, June 22, 2022, drivers who do not have an infotainment screen in their car will have to rely on Google Assistant’s car mode (or third-party app) for navigation, music controls, etc.
Android Auto for mobile is officially over
Opening Android Auto for mobile will immediately take you to the Google Assistant Auto Mode settings page. In addition, a message informs you that: Android Auto is now only available on car screens.
If you’re planning on hitting the road this summer, Google Assistant’s auto mode will do the trick.
However, if you are used to Android Auto, you should know that the two experiences are fundamentally different. Indeed, the driving mode still has shortcomings, as it lacks certain important features that are still present on Android Auto, such as the landscape mode, or even the ability to switch to a navigation app other than Google Maps.
In addition to these concerns, there is also an availability issue. Auto mode is not yet accessible everywhere. Some drivers don’t even have an alternative to the Android Auto mobile app. For now, Google Assistant’s auto mode is available in Germany, Australia, Canada, Spain, US, France, India, Italy, Mexico, and the UK.
Badarinath Chopra is the news author at Research Snipers which mainly covers Technology News, Microsoft News, Google News, Facebook, Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi, and other tech news.