BMW Connected App Coming to Android Devices this October

Interesting, News | September 7th, 2016 by 5
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The fast-paced advancements achieved in the smartphone realm are prompting other industries to keep up or, at least, try to do so. Almost everything we …

The fast-paced advancements achieved in the smartphone realm are prompting other industries to keep up or, at least, try to do so. Almost everything we do today revolves around our phones and that made a lot of car manufacturers rethink the way people interact with their cars. The BMW Connected App has been on offer for iOS users for quite some time now and it does bring some nifty features with it. Starting this October, Android users will also be able to enjoy these perks.

The announcement that the BMW Connected App will be coming to selected high-end Android devices came at this year’s IFA that took place in Berlin. The first version of BMW Connected, already introduced in the USA and available in 18 European markets since August 2016, focuses on end-to-end journey management seamlessly integrated with the vehicle.

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In this regard, BMW Connected facilitates the daily planning of trips and appointments, and enable users to reach their destination on time. BMW Connected for Android allows you to search for, store and recall destinations as well. Appointments with addresses are automatically imported from calendar entries. Users are then informed of their optimum departure time based on real-time traffic information.

Frequently visited places and personal mobility patterns are automatically learned in order to provide notifications to the user if travel times are longer than usual. Destinations can easily be transferred from the phone to BMW’s navigation system to eliminate typing in the vehicle. Besides all this, the familiar BMW Remote Services are also available for BMW Connected Android version, allowing a variety of functions – such as the interior climate control, vehicle locking and unlocking, and operating the horn and headlight flasher – to be controlled remotely from a smartphone.

BMW Connected for Android will be available for selected smartphone models in Germany and the USA in October 2016, and in other markets in due course.

5 responses to “BMW Connected App Coming to Android Devices this October”

  1. Me says:

    “BMW Connected for Android will be available for selected smartphone models…”

    Since BMW seems to be in bed with Samsung (Smarthings in-car app, tablets in the 7-series, Gear smartwatch app, etc.) I guess that means Samsung Galaxy phones only? If so, that’s incredibly short sighted and lame.

  2. heat_fan1 says:

    Gabe, I don’t understand. There already is a BMW Connected app for Android. According to the Google Play store, it was last updated in January 2016. Unfortunately, it has a rating of 1.7 because it simply doesn’t work. I have it on my phone, but my X1 doesn’t recognize that it’s connected and running.

    Is this news about an updated, functioning app?

  3. LS162 says:

    Hello, I have a 520d from Aug2016 with the connected drive option (300€ in Belgium), after a few month of unlucky attempt, I asked my dealer during first maintenance : they confirmed the android app can be installed on the phone but the link with the car is not be activated, it might come “maybe” in mars 2017… I have not started yet a commercial discussion around this, but I will : BMW should not sell a non-finished product.

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