When Android Auto was released in 2015, it was available on all smartphones running Android 5.0 (and above). A few months later, Google increased the minimum OS requirement to run Android Auto on Android 6.0 (and later). Earlier this year, the company changed the basic requirement for a phone to support Android Auto to Android 8.0 (and higher). Well, Google has now started enforcing its latest policy by blocking older phones from accessing Android Auto.
Over the past few weeks, users of Android Auto version 7.0 to 7.7 on their smartphones have noticed a pop-up in the app asking them to update the app to be able to use the feature. However, users of smartphones running Android OS older than Android 8.0 cannot update the app, as Android Auto 7.4 is the latest version of the app compatible with phones running the system version of Android Auto 7.4. operation prior to 8.0.
Thus, they can neither access the application nor update it to the new version. Basically, they are completely blocked from using Android Auto. In other words, smartphones running on Android version earlier than Android 8.0 will no longer be able to access Android Auto. That being said, this won’t be a problem for the majority of people as Android 7.0 and earlier versions of the OS only account for 15% of total Android smartphones as of May 2022. If you are an Android Auto user , make sure your Samsung phone is running Android 8.0 (or later).
Meanwhile, Google is working on the “Coolwalk” project for Android Auto, which is a major overhaul of the platform and should arrive soon.