Earlier this month, Google announced it was deprecating a slew of Assistant features. One of those removals was the “App Launcher” in Assistant Driving Mode, which most people assumed was the entire experience. Google tells us that is not the case, and here’s what will be left of Assistant Driving Mode after February 7.
In short, Assistant Driving Mode is the black bar that appears at the bottom of Google Maps when you’re navigating. At the moment, it can feature a microphone, shortcut to return to Maps, and a 2×2 grid icon
That opens a launcher with a grid of apps and call/messaging shortcuts. This includes first-party apps like Google Maps, Waze, YouTube Music, Play Books, and Podcasts, as well as Spotify, Pandora, Telegram, and other third-party experiences on your device. The media apps let you browse for songs and other content, while you also got a fullscreen now playing UI.
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