Android Auto app is being folded into Google Maps and Assistant

Google will fold the Android Auto cellular up into the Google Assistant, as soon as Android 12 drops within the coming months.

The expertise, which provides a simplified interface that helps drivers management media and handle telephone calls and Google Maps whereas behind the wheel, will now sit inside a particular Google Assistant driving mode inside Google Maps.

The modifications will solely apply to these drivers who don’t have Android Auto suitable autos, which makes use of the in-car infotainment system to showcase parts of Android. It’s solely customers of the stopgap Android Auto app that can discover the change when the app disappears in Android 12.

Google says the concept behind the transfer is to assist drivers accomplish different duties with out leaving the Google Maps navigation interface and with out having to paw on the touchscreen whereas conserving eyes on the highway.

Google Assistant driving mode provides a variety of ‘Hey Google’ voice instructions, equivalent to:

  • Make a name: Say “Make a name” or “Name [contact].”
  • Reply a name: Assistant will say “Name from [contact], do you wish to choose it up?”
  • Ship a message: “Ship a message to [contact]” or “Ship a message.”
  • Get your messages: “Learn my messages.”
  • Hearken to music: “Play [artist],” or “Play [genre].”

Nevertheless, there’s additionally going to be a mini App Launcher throughout the interface of the Google Maps driving mode, which can provide fast entry to the likes of YouTube Music, Google Podcasts and third-party suppliers.

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“Assistant driving mode helps you get issues performed when you navigate with Google Maps. With Assistant driving mode you’ll be able to learn and ship messages, make calls, and management media along with your voice, with out leaving Google Maps navigation,” the corporate writes on a Google Assistant assist web page (by way of The Verge).

Replace: Google despatched Trusted Evaluations the next assertion: “Google Assistant driving mode is our subsequent evolution of the cellular driving expertise. For the individuals who use Android Auto in supported autos, that have isn’t going away. For many who use the on telephone expertise (Android Auto cellular app), they are going to be transitioned to Google Assistant driving mode. Beginning with Android 12, Google Assistant driving mode would be the built-in cellular driving expertise. We now have no additional particulars to share right now.”