Google introduced a temporary solution for Android Auto users.
Google’s initiatives are generally very good and look promising, but they often lead to some kind of chaos. In recent years, Google has been offering drivers the Android Auto app. It could be launched separately on a smartphone, or on the screen of a car multimedia system (if there is support) by connecting your device to it. In May of this year, Google announced a special Driving Mode for Google Assistant, which should replace the smartphone version of Android Auto. As for cars, they will continue to work with the regular version of Android Auto (which, incidentally, Google recently updated).
Updated Android Auto Interface for Cars
But November has already arrived, and the Driving Mode assistant has not received. At the same time, the Android Auto application shortcut disappeared in Android 10 (the application starts automatically on the screen of the multimedia system when connected to a car). But what to do for those whose car does not support Android Auto? Google now offers these users a workaround. It consists in installing Android Auto for phone screens apps (APK file) In fact, this is just a shortcut to launch the Android Auto application, which is already on the system. True, the design has remained old, a new look is activated only for cars.
Google Assistant Driving Mode
When Google will clean up its automotive applications is not yet clear. Ideally, the Android Auto application should remain, which will be hidden on the smartphone and will be activated only when connected to the car, as well as the Google Assistant driving mode (called by the phrase “Hey Google, let’s drive”). But why it was not a ready-made function to be announced (all the more so it was said that it would work in the summer), and it is not clear how to remove the ability to launch Android Auto before Driving Mode appears. I hope that Google will not put off a solution to this situation.