Google Assistant Driving Mode App Launcher to Discontinue in February

Oh, Google‘s at it again. They’ve officially waved goodbye to the Google Assistant Driving Mode in Google Maps. Yep, you heard it right. Later this month, it’s taking a bow and exiting stage left. But, hold up, there’s a twist. It’s just the App Launcher bit that’s hitting the road.

This mode? It was pretty handy. Let you read and send messages, make calls, and even control your tunes, all while navigating. After they cut off the Assistant Driving Mode Dashboard last year, what we got was a simpler look. Just a bottom bar with big, can’t-miss-’em buttons for the Assistant, a quick jump back to Maps, and a neat little app grid.

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Back in 2022, this mode had a slick bar at the bottom. It was all about easy access to the Assistant, flipping back to Maps in a flash, and a grid for your music, podcasts, and audiobooks. Made browsing a breeze with a user-friendly interface, big touch targets, and a now-playing screen that stayed put, right under the navigation. But, as February 7 rolls around, Google’s sending out a heads-up. This view? It’s on its way out.

**Google Assistant Driving Mode is now just a voice bar**

And there’s more. On the same day, Google’s also pulling the plug on the “Commute to Work” tile on Nest Hub and other Smart Displays. By the end of February, a bunch of other Assistant features are getting the axe. But, Google’s throwing us a bone. They’re saying (hat tip to 9to5Google) that voice control on Google Maps is still in the game, thanks to a new Assistant voice experience they rolled out last year.

It’s all part of Google’s grand plan. They’re tweaking the Assistant, trimming here, adding there. It’s about making things smoother for us, maybe even setting the stage for some fresh tricks down the line. As tech keeps marching on, Google’s staying in step, tweaking and tuning to make sure we’re getting the best out of our gadgets.

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