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Old 04-02-2013, 07:52 PM
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Texts and e-mails from Android phone suddenly started appearing in iDrive

My wife called me from her car on the way home from work tonight and said that she suddenly started receiving texts and e-mails from her Android phone on her iDrive! She said that she's noticed the rotating circle being displayed on her nav screen for the last couple of weeks and wondered why it was taking so long to update her Contacts from her phone to iDrive. Then today she finally saw that she had a bunch of messages, but instead of being an address sent from Google Maps to her phone, it gave her a choice to filter the messages and two of the choices were text and e-mail. We've never seen this before. There's a screen that gives the total unread e-mails and texts. I checked the software version and it's (without all the zeroes) 3.5.4, which I updated to months ago. Her phone is an Android and my understanding is that e-mail and texts only displayed from a Blackberry. Another feature, she can select the "play" icon and it will read the texts and e-mails to her!

We just had her car in for the battery cable recall. Because the battery life was at only 29% they also replaced the battery under warranty. I just messaged the tech to see if there was any software update that he performed on her car, although if there was it's not mentioned in the service summary.

Anyone else seen this?

Update: the tech said that he didn't update anything.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:07 PM
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Did you update software on your phone recently? Sounds like full MAP support on your phone.

Out of curiosity, what phone (and OS + version) is your wife using?
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+1, it is the result of a phone update. My Droid 4 would transfer texts & emails from day one but it was erratic. An upgrade from Android 3.x to 4.0 last year helped only slightly, as did two updates to the car's Bluetooth drivers. Texts came through more often than not; emails almost never. When Verizon pushed Android 4.1 (Jellybean) a week or so ago there was a significant improvement. It still isn't perfect; it seems to transfer only messages from the default inbox, not other accounts. Overall much better though.

Now I have reason to re-read that section of the manual, to ensure I am not missing any important settings or useful tricks.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:29 PM
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+1, it is the result of a phone update. My Droid 4 would transfer texts & emails from day one but it was erratic. An upgrade from Android 3.x to 4.0 last year helped only slightly, as did two updates to the car's Bluetooth drivers. Texts came through more often than not; emails almost never. When Verizon pushed Android 4.1 (Jellybean) a week or so ago there was a significant improvement. It still isn't perfect; it seems to transfer only messages from the default inbox, not other accounts. Overall much better though.

Now I have reason to re-read that section of the manual, to ensure I am not missing any important settings or useful tricks.
4.1.2? Or?
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4.1.2? Or?
Yes, 4.1.2.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:59 PM
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I wish iphone has an answer for it so far idrive won't display any text messages from iPhone 5.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:40 AM
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I wish iphone has an answer for it so far idrive won't display any text messages from iPhone 5.
Yes it will, I am receiving text and email on my 2011. The filter SD spoke about is not new and emails will only filter under text messages. There is an extensive iPhone "how to" posted by BJ on the f30 forum.
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Did you update software on your phone recently? Sounds like full MAP support on your phone.

Out of curiosity, what phone (and OS + version) is your wife using?
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+1, it is the result of a phone update. My Droid 4 would transfer texts & emails from day one but it was erratic. An upgrade from Android 3.x to 4.0 last year helped only slightly, as did two updates to the car's Bluetooth drivers. Texts came through more often than not; emails almost never. When Verizon pushed Android 4.1.2 (Jellybean) a week or so ago there was a significant improvement. It still isn't perfect; it seems to transfer only messages from the default inbox, not other accounts. Overall much better though.
Doh! Yes, our Droid Razr Maxx phones were updated to Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). I forgot about this because I participated in the Motorola "soak test" at the beginning of March and I've had the update since then. I think it was this past weekend my wife mentioned that her phone said that it had an update pending and I told her that the soak test was over, Jelly Bean was being rolled out to everyone, so go ahead and do the update but I really didn't think about it after that. I rarely drive her car anymore (mine's more fun!) so I didn't notice the difference when I took it to the dealer last Thursday for the recall.

One thing I found funny was that the only e-mail that made it to iDrive was apparently in HTML format and the only thing that was received was an inline CSS command, something like ".style1 {font-family: sans serif;}" and if you selected the "Play" icon it actually "read" the CSS as "style 1 left curly brace font family colon sans serif semi-colon right curly brace"! (Disclaimer: I'm a geek.)
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Tom, good to see you posting here again regardless of the reason.


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... When Verizon pushed Android 4.1 (Jellybean) a week or so ago there was a significant improvement. ....
Doh! Yes, our Droid Razr Maxx phones were updated to Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean). I forgot about this because I participated in the Motorola "soak test" at the beginning of March and I've had the update since then.
Fixed your "fix." I can't speak for what's on your phone but 4.1.2 was not a typo on my part!
("Jellybean" was. )

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One thing I found funny was ... an inline CSS command, something like ".style1 {font-family: sans serif;}" and if you selected the "Play" icon it actually "read" the CSS as "style 1 left curly brace font family colon sans serif semi-colon right curly brace"! (Disclaimer: I'm a geek.)
I have received a few of those too and had the same reaction. On an ironic note, at least one was sent by either BMW NA or the BMW CCA!
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I wish iphone has an answer for it so far idrive won't display any text messages from iPhone 5.
It does if there is a Combox in your car.

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Fixed your "fix." I can't speak for what's on your phone but 4.1.2 was not a typo on my part!
("Jellybean" was. )!
Oops! Dyslexic typing. Fixed in original pots!
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Tom, good to see you posting here again regardless of the reason.

Welcome back!
Thanks! I'm still around and browse this forum regularly although I'll have to admit that since I bought my M Roadster I spend most of my time on Zpost.com, a Z4-specific forum. My wife's 335is runs great, hasn't had any problems, and she still loves it. I still enjoy driving it but since I bought my car I haven't been pestering her to drive it every chance I can like I did before! My car's just more fun to drive (and it's faster)!
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Fixed your "fix." I can't speak for what's on your phone but 4.1.2 was not a typo on my part!
("Jellybean" was. )
I was wondering about that myself. Thanks for clarifying.
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