02 September 2021
Google has confirmed that the “Android Auto for Phone Screens” app is going away with Android 12 as Google Assistant driving mode will take over. Google has reportedly said that starting with Android 12, the Google Assistant driving mode will be the default mobile driving experience.
As per a statement given to 9to5Google,
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.
Furthermore, 9to5Google also points out that the Android Auto phone app is now showing incompatible with Pixel devices on Android 12.
Last week, XDA Developers also uncovered a piece of evidence that disclosed Google is finally ready to get rid of the Android Auto app on smartphones in favor of a new driving mode that is built into the Google Assistant. The publication reported that some users were seeing a message in the Android Auto for Phone Screens app that said the service is “now only available for car screens.” So, it was pretty suggestive to foresee the apparent. And, fast forward to today, the change is now officially happening.