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Android Auto for Phone Screens app to be eliminated by Google

The Android Auto for Phone Screens app offered by Google is no longer going to be able to pop up messages within the app.

The Verge reports that the app enables a simplified interface for Android in the car, making it safer to use the phone while affixed to the dashboard, a useful feature for those who do not have cars with the version of Android Auto that runs on the infotainment screen.

This isn't Google's first indication that Android Auto for Phone Screens has been placed in exile. It deprecated last year when the company switched off Android Auto for Phone Screens on the newer Android 12 devices.

Older devices could still access the app, but Google didn't offer a timeline of how long the app would function, stating it doesn't have any additional information at the moment.' Google sent the same message to a news agency this week, again declining to provide a date for when the app will cease working.

The Verge reported that the whole thing was caused by Google's confusing plans for 2019; in that year, the company wanted users to transition from Android Auto on cars to Google Assistant's driving mode.

However, it was delayed and isn't expected to be released until 2020. The Android Auto for Phone Screens app became the stop-gap solution while a newer car wasn't supported and you couldn't use your Android while driving.

Android Auto for Phone Screens app is an accessible solution anyone can use in any car and take advantage of all its features. Users can either purchase an Android Auto compatible head unit or buy a newer car if they want to use Android Auto.

The Verge reports that Google Assistant driving mode is not a true one-to-one replacement option either; it's a linear approach that may become distracting compared to Android Auto.

If Google Assistant gets a voice request wrong, users might have trouble handling a hand-held device while driving. 

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