Samsung is dropping support for MirrorLink, Car Mode, and Find My Car services
Pour one out for yet more services being axed by Samsung. As Samsung keeps modernizing their software experience, they’ve also started to get rid of those services they don’t consider useful or popular anymore. The newest victims of this are 3 car-related services: MirrorLink, Car Mode, and Find My Car. All 3 of these features could, in theory, come in handy for Samsung-owning drivers, but it’s likely they have not received enough usage for Samsung to keep up the support.
MirrorLink is a standard that allows for car-to-smartphone connectivity: users could mirror their smartphone’s display to their car’s head unit. Samsung is set to drop this feature on June 1st, 2020. New users will not be able to sign up anymore, and while existing users will be able to continue using it after that, this comes with a big “if.” As soon as you factory reset your device, change cars, or even update your phone, you should bid goodbye to the feature.
Car Mode is exactly what it sounds like: it puts big icons on the display with the features you’re most likely to access while driving, such as music streaming and navigation. It acted as a decent alternative to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, however, unlike those, which are industry standards built into cars, Car Mode was just enabled on Samsung phones and you could then mirror it to your car using MirrorLink. Just like MirrorLink, Car Mode is getting the ax come June: the app will not be available from Play Store and Galaxy Store anymore, and trying to set it up will just cause it to force close.
Lastly, Find My Car allowed you to do the exact thing the name says: it was an app for wearable devices that allowed you to, well, find your car. Using GPS functionality, you could track exactly where you parked your car. Support for it is also ending the same day, June 1st. It will not be downloadable and you will not be able to use it after you downloaded it either.