June 28, 2022

What you need to know

  • Android Auto seems to be exclusive to car screens only.
  • Google discontinued the support for Android 12 and above users last year.
  • Early this week, Android 11 users started seeing the “Android Auto is now only available for car screens” alert on their app.
  • The move favors using the Google Assistant Driving mode feature on Android smartphones.

Android Auto has apparently pulled the plug for phone screens. Google previously stopped supporting Android Auto for select Android smartphones, and while the company confirmed that it would eventually stop supporting phone screens last year, it didn’t specify a timeline for when that would happen. It appears the time is now.

The reason for discarding the Android Auto for phone screens is to allow users to utilize the Google Assistant Drive mode feature. It’s a feature that relies on Google Assistant and runs devices running Android 9 or higher, allowing you to complete actions using voice commands that let you send/read messages, make calls, and control media.