Android Auto’s mobile app is currently set to shutter with the release of Android 12, being replaced by Google Assistant Driving Mode…
Android Auto’s standalone mobile application days are numbered. After months worth of speculation and rumors, Google will indeed replace the phone navigation program with Google Assistant Driving Mode. Come fall, Android Auto will cease working on mobile device screens and only exist in vehicles equipped with Android Auto. Drivers with vehicles that don’t support it will have to switch over to Google Assistant Driving Mode.
Google Confirms the End of Android Auto’s Standalone Mobile App
Although Android Auto is tentatively scheduled to deprecate in the coming months, it will presumably still function in regions where Assistant Driving Mode isn’t available. (Currently, the latter has appeared in several countries over the past year. But, Assistant Driving Mode isn’t accessible everywhere.) Google delivered a statement to 9to5Google, confirming the company is shutting down the Android Auto mobile application this fall when it releases Android 12:
“Google Assistant driving mode is our next evolution of the mobile driving experience. For the people who use Android Auto in supported vehicles, that experience isn’t going away. For those who use the on-phone experience (Android Auto mobile app), they will be transitioned to Google Assistant driving mode. Starting with Android 12, Google Assistant driving mode will be the built-in mobile driving experience. We have no further details to share at this time.”