Google is cutting off support for Android Auto on older phones with forced update. Android Auto was accessible on all phones android Version 5.0 when it was released in 2015. (and above). A few months later, Google raised the minimum operating system requirement for operating Android Auto to Android 6.0. (and above). The company has changed the fundamental requirement for a smartphone to run Android Auto earlier this year to Android 8.0. (and above). Google has now begun enforcing its most recent policy by preventing older phones from using Android Auto.
People who have Android Auto versions 7.0 to 7.7 on their devices have noticed a pop-up in the app urging them to update the app in order to enjoy the feature. People using phones running Android OS versions older than Android 8.0, however, will be unable to update the software because Android Auto 7.4 is the latest version of the program that is compatible with devices that run OS versions older than 8.0.
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As a result, they are unable to access the app or upgrade it to the latest version. They are effectively barred from using Android Auto at all. In other words, phones running Android versions older than Android 8.0 will no longer be able to use Android Auto. However, the bulk of consumers will not be affected because Android 7.0 and previous iterations of the OS account for only 15% of total Android smartphones as of May 2022. If you want to use Android Auto, ensure your Samsung phone is operating Android 8.0. (or newer).
Meanwhile, Google is focusing on the ‘Coolwalk’ program for Android Auto, which is a major platform revamp that is scheduled to be released soon.