Google Maps could kill this handy navigation feature on Android soon

What you need to know

  • Version 14.52 of the Google app suggests significant changes in Google Maps, particularly the removal of the app’s “Driving Mode” on Android by February 2024.
  • A string hints at Google steering users towards using Assistant for calling, messaging, or media playback during navigation.
  • While audio-only interactions are theoretically safer, there are concerns that this change marks a downgrade, especially for those averse to voice assistants.

Google Maps might be throwing “Driving Mode” out the window on its Android app, following last year’s discontinuation of the “Assistant Driving Mode.”

9to5Google did some snooping in version 14.52 of the Google app and found some code that spills the beans. In classic Google fashion, it looks like Google Maps’ Driving Mode might be waving goodbye in February 2024, based on the strings uncovered.