If you drive and own an Android smartphone, you probably know Google’s Android Auto service. Depending on the car you own, the software is already pre-installed in the car dashboard. With the release of Android 12, however, Google decided to discontinue the Android Auto app in favor of Google Assistant, which has Direction Mode.

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  • Starting with Android 12, the Android Auto app will be replaced by Google Assistant Direction Mode;
  • Android Auto for compatible vehicles will not be affected.

Using the Android Auto app you can access your phone through the dashboard of the car, or even create a direct navigation environment on the device itself, to use apps like Google Maps, Waze, Spotify and receive calls without taking your attention off the road. However, Google also offers a similar experience from Direction Mode in the Google Assistant app. In other words, the same service can be used in different enterprise applications.

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Now, to avoid this feature overlap and focus on developing just one global Android car experience, Google has confirmed to 9to5Google that Android Auto will be discontinued on smartphones running Android 12 in favor of Google Assistant Direction Mode:

For those who use Android Auto on compatible vehicles, this experience will not end. For those people who use the experience on mobile (Android Auto mobile app), they will be transferred to Google Assistant steering mode. Starting with Android 12, Google Assistant’s driving mode will be the built-in mobile driving experience. We don’t have any more details to share at this time.

Personally, I believe that this move from Google is quite consistent, given that the direction mode of google assistant is simpler to use and is present in a much larger number of smartphone, since it is a standard system app, even having a dedicated button on different devices.

However, it’s a little worrisome to see the Assistant getting more and more attention from Google and forcing even more people to use it for important everyday actions, such as driving from home to work every day.

Do you use Android Auto?

  • Yes, I mainly use it on my cell phone.
  • Yes, my car is compatible with Google’s service.
  • Yes, I use Google Assistant Steering Mode.
  • No.
  • No, because I use an alternative service.

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So, what do you think of this Google move? I am curious to know your opinion in the comments below.

Via Engadget

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