The Android Auto for phone screens app was already incompatible with Android 12. A few days ago, app users started seeing a message that said Android Auto for phone screens will stop working soon. Now, that change has come into effect and the app has stopped working even on phones running Android 11 and earlier versions. However, Google is not hanging out users to dry. As a replacement, people can use Google Assistant’s Driving Mode on their smartphone screens. It offers a similar UI with big elements, but it’s still not a like-for-like replacement, largely due to the way things are implemented.
In order to use maps, navigation, and music playback on Android smartphones without being overly distracted, Google created Android Auto in 2015. For a better viewing experience, it provided larger UI elements. The corporation is currently discontinuing the app that was designed for mobile displays. You can no longer use the Android Auto for phone screens app because it has been discontinued. Now only compatible with in-car infotainment systems, the original Android Auto app. A few years back, Google ceased providing an Android Auto software with a car-optimized user interface but continued to provide one via a different Android Auto For Phone Screens app.
Google Assistant Driving Mode is harder to launch as there’s no dedicated icon in the app drawer. You can start it by saying “Hey Google, launch Driving Mode.” Plus, it can’t be used in landscape mode, which is a big disadvantage. While most music services are supported, the new UI lacks a full-app experience, only offering recommended albums and playlists.
Samsung used to offer a car-optimized UI with its smartphones, but that was discontinued after the launch of Android Auto. Which in-car UI do you like the most? What’s your setup like? Let us know in the comments section below. Join SamMobile’s Telegram group and subscribe to our YouTube channel to get instant news updates and in-depth reviews of Samsung devices. You can also subscribe to get updates from us on Google News and follow us on Twitter.