By BMW GROUP
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Use Twitter, calendar and other vehicle-related functions with ease in your BMW.
With BMW Connected, BMW drivers can safely and easily access general and vehicle-related functions during, before and after making a journey with their BMW. This requires a BMW vehicle equipped with the special feature 'Apps' or 'ConnectedDrive Services' (varies according to model and market). For compatible smartphones, see www.bmw.com/bluetooth.
To use a BMW Connected app in your BMW, connect the smartphone to the car using either the snap-in adapter or the USB connection in the centre console, and run the connection assistant, which you will find in the Connected Drive menu.
*** Note: Due to a change in iOS 7, switching between apps using the iDrive system is currently limited. ***
Displays the latest status messages, personal favourites, and community trends in your car. Moreover, pre-defined texts which are able to access current vehicle information can be sent during the journey.
Receive innumerable radio stations in your BMW through your iPhone. Use search functions to select genre, country and favourite stations.
Display calendar entries in your car and call meeting-participants whenever you need to. Appointment details can be read out through the audio system. Addresses stored in calendar entries can be exported into the optional navigation system as destinations.
The ideal travel companion. Discover interesting Wikipedia articles relevant to the sights and localities in your destination region.
Access the latest news at any time from your RSS news feeds.
ECO PRO analyser
Rates your driving style and gives you advice as to how to drive even more efficiently. It only works in automobiles fitted with the latest generation of the navigation system Professional (depending on series, from 7/2012) and the navigation system Business (depending on series, from 11/2013). What is more, the ECO PRO Analyser is not supported by the following models: all BMW M and BMW i models, and BMW models without the ECO PRO mode.
Last mile navigation
Transfers your navigation destination and the position data of your car to your smartphone and continues your navigation even after you have left the vehicle. Makes it easy to find your car when returning to it at your destination.
The application is displayed in the car in the language configured for the vehicle.
An Internet connection is required. This can incur costs (for example due to roaming) in accordance with the contract concluded between the customer and the network operator. Please observe national requirements and conditions specific to the country you are in.
Restricted functionality is possible in the event of insufficient data transfer speed and with volume-based bandwidth restrictions of the network operator. Moreover, it is possible that selected functions based on services supplied by third-party providers will not be available at all times or may be subject to change. The specific conditions of these providers must be observed.
For the aforementioned reasons, BMW is unable to warranty unrestricted compatibility and functionality of your mobile device in combination with the vehicle interface.
What's New in Version 2.5
· Improved connectivity (works in the car when phone is locked / app is in the background)
· Removed Facebook feature due to Facebook policy change
· Fixed bugs regarding ECO PRO Analyser / Twitter login problems
It is an improvement
One thing that BMW might forgot to mention was that in order for the updated app to work, the car needs to have the software updated as well. I also downloaded the new app with excitement that it will work with the app running in the background and was disappointed when it didn't. I checked and there is actually a software update for the car as well. Once I updated the car software, things started to work beautifully (i.e., I can listen to pandora in my car while the app is running in the background, using USB connection). So it does work but the updates need to happen on both the phone and the car. And when connecting through bluetooth, the artwork will change with the song as well now. 😊
Recent update added more bugs than it fixed
Does anyone even test this app with BMW media cradle for iPhone? In version 2.4, it would take couple of minutes for the menu to show. Latest 2.5 version does not work in the background (despite the update states it does). Here is current 2.5 behaviour, connect iPhone to cradle, go to connected drive, click additional apps - you get a message BMW connected app must be running; open compartment, click the phone start button, click BMW Connected app or remove the phone from cradle, start the app, then connect again. Not only this is unsafe when driving, but it is a hassle dealing with this issue. And talking about additional apps, can you add some useful apps like Waze instead of apps nobody has heard of like EnLighten. Desperately needs bug fixing or outsource it (as other reviewer below mentioned).
BMW iPhone Interface is bad
BMW needs to move away from trying to interface to phones and just add a dock and mirroring software so customers can use their iPhones or iPads as the primary devices. The BMW interfaces are plagued with bugs, lack of current updates and overall lack of concern to rectify incompatibilities.
I've tried working with the Genius team, but they have no direct communication with BMW development and lack the ability to answer customer questions regarding missing functionality advertised as working.
I love driving the BMW vehicle but the technology package is a total waste of money in its current design. The interface in my Ford premium truck is actually better. The intent of the technology package offerings is well intentioned, but the execution and real life day to day experience is not acceptable for a luxury automobile.
- Category: Entertainment
- Updated: May 05, 2015
- Version: 2.5
- Size: 27.6 MB
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Seller: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
- © 2011-2013 Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.