If you use Android Auto, we don’t have good news for your Android smartphone

Deepak Gupta August 2, 2022
Updated 2022/08/02 at 12:16 AM

Google has been betting heavily on Android Auto in recent months, with constant updates. It is preparing the arrival of a major update that will completely change the interface of its proposal.

If this was an almost universal system, there is now an important change and it was released without any warning to users. If you use Android Auto, then the news is not good, especially for your Android smartphone.

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A new bet from Google for your system

There is clearly a new Google bet on Android Auto. This system that brings the smartphone interface to automobiles has been constantly improved and received some weighty changes to improve its usability.

These changes will culminate in an important change to the Android Auto interface, the "Coolwalk", which is expected to arrive very soon. No date has yet been set, but much has already been revealed both at this year's I/O and in previous publications.

New minimum requirements for Android Auto

The big change has now emerged silently and comes to remove this proposal from Google from many smartphones. The minimum requirements have been changed, albeit very discreetly, and removed older smartphones from the list.

  • An Android phone with the Android 8.0 (Oreo) and above, an active data plan and the latest version of the Android Auto app.
  • A compatible car. Find out if your car or car radio supports Android Auto.
  • A high quality USB cable.

According to what is published on a support page of Android Auto, this proposal now requires the presence of Android 8.0 (Oreo). Until recently, the minimum system required by Google was just Android 6.0.

Android Auto Google smartphone requirements

Will I really need a new smartphone?

This change in requirements can be important and significant. You latest data show that Android 6 still has a presence of 2.4% in the Google system universe. For its part, Android 8.0 claims 5.9% of active smartphones.

It remains to explain the real reason for this change in Android Auto requirements. On the one hand, Google may be trying to reduce the presence of this system with a quota that it understands to be reduced. On the other hand, there may be reasons associated with what the "Coolwalk" interface requires.

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