Android Auto for phone screens now available for some

Ruben Fields
November 7, 2019

Android Auto has seen several major shifts over the past few months.

In its annual "Android Security & Privacy Year in Review" report released earlier this year, the search giant said only 0.08 percent of devices that used Google Play exclusively for app downloads were affected by PHAs in 2018. At I/O 2019 in May, Google announced that it would be replacing Android Auto on phones with a new Assistant Driving Mode. This app is a stopgap solution until Google's revamped Assistant Driving Mode for smartphones becomes available.

With Android Auto you can use Google Assistant to route to your next destination with real-time Global Positioning System navigation and traffic alerts using either Google Maps or Waze, get updates in real-time on your route, including hazards and ETA, check your calendar, and even set reminders. The Android Auto icon reportedly disappears from the app drawer on phones powered by the latest iteration of the Android OS. To fix this, Google made a decision to launch a dedicated application for users who were left with the standalone Android Auto application on Android 10.

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Have you ever wondered what is the app that sits at the core of the Android operating system, the app that provides Android fans with a premium user experience? Google says that this will "generate new app risk intelligence as apps are being queued to publish. Simply plug in your phone to get started", Google Play description for the app reads. On the other hand, if updating to Android 10 broke Android Auto on your device, you can restore it by simply installing the app from the Play Store here. But the main question is whether these extra eyes will help to tighten things up in the Play Store.

Google has partnered with mobile security companies ESET, Lookout and Zimperium to stop malicious apps from hitting the Play Store and harming Android users. Basically, the app adds a shortcut on the home screen of the phone to restore access to Auto. Yes, where it is cooked and sometimes eaten too, and where Philips wants to take the possibilities of a video system like Android TV, enhanced by the presence of Google Assistant, Assistant.

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