If you have been relying on the screen on your Android mobile device to display Android car, You will not be able to proceed when Android 12 arrives and transitions to it. The operating system is in the fourth beta on selected devices and is expected to be officially released later this year.
With its arrival, the plug was pulled to the Android Auto for Phone Screens app, which is very convenient for those who are looking for an Android Auto experience but do not have a vehicle infotainment system that can handle it. The app debuted in 2019 as a stopgap measure to offset the delay in launching Google Assistant Driving Mode, which will be replaced by Google Assistant Driving Mode.
according to 9to5Google, Mobile phone users running the beta version of Android 12 have begun to report that users can no longer use Android Auto for Phone Screens, and inform users that “Android Auto is now only available for car screens, and” try to use Google Assistant driving mode instead. “
You can find the Google Assistant driving mode in Google Maps, and a pop-up window invites you to try it when you set your destination. This interface is significantly different from the interface in Android Auto for Phone Screens. The map view occupies most of the screen and a bar with large screen buttons is added for quick access to the application drawer and voice assistant. Playing media like Spotify will cause an additional bar with limited controls to appear near the bottom of the screen.
The upcoming switchover will only affect those devices running on Android 12, basically newer phones and future devices. According to Google, users running its old version of the operating system will continue to have access to Android Auto for mobile phone screens, and of course, Android Auto on vehicles will continue to provide a built-in mobile experience as usual.
Locally, Android Auto is not available in the Google Play store, so this feature has never been officially released here. Users with earlier operating systems need to install an Android application package (APK) for it, and update it manually each time. Android 10 users have embedded AA into the operating system, which can run in a wired (or wireless, if supported) manner on the car infotainment system that supports it, but the mobile phone screen application itself has always been a side-loaded APK transaction.