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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 09-20-2012, 11:57 AM
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Read Text Messages: Android?

Has anyone had success with a 2012 F30 being able to see text messages and read them with an Android phone (HTC ONE S) in particular...? Thanks.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:29 PM
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Most Android phones don't support the necessary MAP protocol as far as I know.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:55 PM
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Works fine with the E90 iDrive and a Motorola Droid 4. I expect the F30 will work also if the phone cooperates, as voip-ninja suggested.

One quirk I did discover when pairing and re-pairing my phone a while back, to correct some problem or other: You can end up with limited functionality if you fail to respond to security notifications on the phone during pairing. Note that's notifications--plural! It will separately ask you to allow the car to download your contacts and messages (the MAP profile, as noted). If you miss the prompt or accidentally cancel or dismiss it, the data will not be transferred and it will never ask again. You will need to un-pair the phone and car and start over.

To get full functionality, ensure the phone does not auto-lock or sleep while pairing--for example by temporarily extending your display timeout setting--and respond promptly to the authorization notifications.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:00 PM
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Has anyone had success with a 2012 F30 being able to see text messages and read them with an Android phone (HTC ONE S) in particular...? Thanks.
I'm using a Samsung Galaxy SII and it works fine. I can see and read text messages and email. iDrive will also read the message aloud. I can't reply through iDrive but maybe a future software update will incorporate that.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:29 PM
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How do you sync the galaxy ii and the car to do that? I'm having trouble on my 2013 328i.

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Old 09-23-2012, 07:15 PM
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Why so hard???

Just got my car last week and after fussing for a while managed to get my Blackberry to connect, but no hands-free (???). Tried with my Samsung Galaxy II and after half and hour was ready to punch the car. Manual is useless (covers options not even sold in Canada or US...not that they mention it).

The kicker (pun intended is that the hands-free doesn't work on anything).

Can anyone help me. I can rewire a 777, but I feel like an idiot trying to get my car to do the simplist of things. Why so hard???
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:17 PM
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Works fine with my SGS3. Just make sure you check office in bluetooth configuration (global) and the services used on the phone
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:44 PM
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How do you sync the galaxy ii and the car to do that? I'm having trouble on my 2013 328i.

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I installed the latest bluetooth update from BMWUSA site then deleted and re-paired my phone. I checked the options for phone and streaming music under bluetooth settings. When I go to current office, it shows the number of unread texts and emails that I get on my phone. Clicking on the controller brings up the list of messages/emails and I can scroll through them. I can't reply to the messages but I can read them and have iDrive read aloud.
I didn't have any trouble pairing and the hands-free for the phonebook works great. Every time the phone connects to the car after switching the car on, iDrive refreshes the messages and contacts.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:28 PM
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I had to enable bluetooth Office to get it to work with my Motorola Bionic (running ICS, 6.7.232).
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:05 PM
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I am able to read texts in my e90 from my galaxy3.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:27 PM
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Did you have to pay for the BMW app for this feature or all you need is enhanced bluetooth?
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:14 PM
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It should only require the enhanced bluetooth option to work. I got the tech package so BMW Assist and enhanced bluetooth were included in the package.
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Old 06-28-2014, 03:12 PM
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Blue tooth / MAP now part of Android Kit Kat 4.4.4

The most recent update. Which includes the text to voice. On a lot of higher end phones. mine Nexus 5. Will need to delete both previous profiles on car and phone and pair again. Works fine on 2011 E90 for reading text car does not have advanced screen.
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Question Trying to get Nexus 5 and iDrive to read SMS

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The most recent update. Which includes the text to voice. On a lot of higher end phones. mine Nexus 5. Will need to delete both previous profiles on car and phone and pair again. Works fine on 2011 E90 for reading text car does not have advanced screen.
SkiDaddy,

I just got a 2015 335xi and when I have my Nexus 5 (with Android 5 Lollipop) paired it doesn't do anything when I get texts. Did you have to enable any special settings in iDrive or anything like that?

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Old 12-01-2014, 08:52 PM
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If you have a 2015 but didn't pony up another $500 for "enhanced Bluetooth" then BMW disabled the functionality that allows text messages to be displayed in Idrive. They call this "progress" since they now give you Bluetooth streaming standard.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:13 AM
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Unhappy wat?

Thanks for the information Hedges, that is some BS on their part though. I guess I'll look into finding a solution at the app level then as at this point, I think I am SOL with getting my car to play nice.

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Old 12-02-2014, 08:14 AM
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Thanks for the information Hedges, that is some BS on their part though. I guess I'll look into finding a solution at the app level then as at this point, I think I am SOL with getting my car to play nice.

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You CAN code the car to unlock the capability. I'm probably going to do this at some point.
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:16 AM
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You CAN code the car to unlock the capability. I'm probably going to do this at some point.
Really? How do you go about doing that? I'd be up for giving that a shot. I also would love to see if I can code the car to unlock the doors when I turn the ignition off. (I miss that feature from my previous car).

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Old 12-02-2014, 08:18 AM
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There's a whole forum on here dedicating to coding....and yes you can unlock the doors. I'm just now trying to figure out what all is involved.
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:22 AM
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That is awesome! Digging through it now to see what I need and how to do it. Looks like a fun project to see all the things I can tinker with.

You just made my day!
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:39 AM
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Nexus 5 with android lollipop v 5.0

Nice ride. If I had a car like that I would drive State Police Headquarters and turn my self in as I would have no impulse control.

My older 2011 E90 328 does not have I drive or navigation think in older models were not worth the hassle and like auto shifter better. My car does have a USB adapter in the console that can trickle charge my phone. It does not have direct access to my music files or phone functions. Funny Nexus 2 is listed as being compatible in that regard. BMW is very iphone centric. May wish to check BMW's page at http://www.bmw.com/com/en/owners/con...re_update.html
and make sure you have current version even for a new car.

The Nexus 5 has a couple things you may wish to check out.

First make sure the you have updated the Google Play Services in apps. I'm using v 6.5.87 this is not an auto update with lollipop lot of nice new features.

With the 5.0 update they changed how SMS works. On previous kit kat 4.2 they integrated it into Hangouts with social media. Hated the interface and went with 3rd party sms app. However in 5.0 you can install a google android app that is a sms app called messenger

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...essaging&hl=en

that gets a more direct sms and interface that is not the default Hangouts.

In combination with a text to voice app a sms message is read over the car speakers by the same bluetooth hand free phone interface as they arrive. I use headphone sms app works while jogging with headphones.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...phonesms&hl=en

May wish to search sms text to voice in apps for other options
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:17 AM
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Thanks SkiDaddy,

I have the latest Google Play Services, ans I use a 3rd party app for SMS (Textra). Does Messenger work better for you? I have a feeling what Hedges said about the enhanced bluetooth being yet ANOTHER option is my main issue here.

Thanks for the tip about Headphone SMS. This may be a good way to go while I investigate the whole coding thing. I'll test it out tonight/tomorrow and see if that is a good stop-gap measure.

Thanks,
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:50 AM
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With both google play services and now messenger see google / android moving away from including features in the OS to apps so they can updated independently. It is worth watching going forward.

Like messenger better than textra which I used instead of hangouts and works better with other apps such as headphone.

There is no other screen in my car so I'm forced use the smartphone. An advantage to me as I spend a lot of time in rental cars and the different protocals for infotainment is daunting.
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:54 AM
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Thanks, I'll give Messenger and Headphones SMS a try.
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Old 12-02-2014, 04:20 PM
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Works fine on my Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2 had before it.
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