The My BMW Remote App stinks - So I fixed it

by Bimmerfest.com Member - natelyman on June 18, 2013, 3:42 pm
better BMW remote app

Hey guys, I hated the My BMW Remote app, so I built a new version of it for iPhone. I am here to gauge interest of me releasing it to the App Store.

I am definitely considering getting some beta testers as I only have a 2013 X5d, and need other people with different cars to test out additional functionality.

Anyway, you can read more about it here: http://natelyman.com/the-my-bmw-remo...so-i-fixed-it/_a_


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120 responses to The My BMW Remote App stinks - So I fixed it

abbott commented:
June 20, 2013, 4:27 am

Happy to test and send you my UDID, although I also have a 35d.

p.s. BMW will likely send a C&D or submit a take down notice to Apple if you try to release :-/


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UrbanExtant commented:
June 20, 2013, 8:11 am

I'd be interested in your App, as well. Seems you've piqued the interest of the diesel users, as I, too, have a 2013 35d.
natelyman commented:
June 20, 2013, 8:38 am

I spoke to an attorney and if I remove any BMW branding and clearly state I am not affiliated with them in any way, that I'd probably be ok. I could definitely still get a C&D...

Anyway, my interest isn't commercial, it is to improve my experience with my car.

I'm working to make it fully compatible with iOS6 and iOS7. Once I'm done I'll reach out to get your info so I can have more people test.

On a side note, I love my diesel!




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kakalika commented:
June 20, 2013, 9:16 am

I like
rijc99 commented:
June 20, 2013, 1:03 pm

I'll test it when you're ready. I've got a 2013 35i and my buddy has a 2013 5 series.

I'm subscribed to the developer program and am already on iOS 7 beta. The official BMW Remote App does not work on the beta so I'm dying for BMW to get it worked out or some sort of workable alternative.

*BMW remote update just pushed out on the App store. Works on iOS 7 beta 1 now.
rparik01 commented:
June 20, 2013, 2:35 pm

Would love to be a beta tester on this as I use the BMW app all the time. 2013 5 series here.


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Lumpydog commented:
June 20, 2013, 2:38 pm

Interestingly, BMW just updated their "Remote" app today, to version 2.5

Sadly, it sounds like a step backward (the unlock feature now requires a call to BMW assist, which is crap)

Not upgrading

Chio4 commented:
June 20, 2013, 4:05 pm

the BMW app SUCKS!! just stupid
2b555 commented:
June 20, 2013, 4:52 pm

I would beta it. 2011 X5 d. Thanks and good luck!


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natelyman commented:
June 20, 2013, 5:39 pm

I was totally surprised they updated the app. At least it is iPhone 5 compatible now. The other updates they list dont feel any different.

If you have iOS 7, PM me your UDID.
Kzang commented:
June 20, 2013, 8:16 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lumpydog View Post
Interestingly, BMW just updated their "Remote" app today, to version 2.5

Sadly, it sounds like a step backward (it now requires a call to BMW assist, which is crap)

Not upgrading

No kidding! I didn't update mine.

I am going to subscribe to this thread as I am too interested in the OP's app
Yellowm3 commented:
June 20, 2013, 8:46 pm

I'd beta too. You can see my stall in my siggy.
swood02 commented:
June 20, 2013, 9:01 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by natelyman View Post
Hey guys, I hated the My BMW Remote app, so I built a new version of it for iPhone. I am here to gauge interest of me releasing it to the App Store.

I am definitely considering getting some beta testers as I only have a 2013 X5d, and need other people with different cars to test out additional functionality.

Anyway, you can read more about it here: http://natelyman.com/the-my-bmw-remo...so-i-fixed-it/_a_
I'm interested.


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AutoUnion commented:
June 20, 2013, 11:15 pm

I'm in. X5 here too.

thanks!
sunnygps commented:
June 20, 2013, 11:31 pm

I am willing to.


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Lance Alot commented:
June 21, 2013, 2:30 am

Not necessarily interested in beta testing but would buy the final version of the app. The one from BMW sucks.

One question/idea is would this allow you to use find my car even if it isn't parked. If someone steals my car for instance, I would kind of like to know where they are. I think BMW disabled that due to "privacy concerns".
natelyman commented:
June 21, 2013, 9:34 am

The BMW app restricts showing the car'a location within 1km.

I'm in Chicago right now and I can see where my car is parked in San Francisco.

I can see what the privacy concerns are, but in all practicality most people wouldn't use it to track their spouse.


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Lance Alot commented:
June 21, 2013, 10:08 am

Interesting, as I also just tried. I am in Europe now, and I can see where I am, but the app won't let me see where my car is in SF. I am pretty sure that it is safely in my garage, but it just says that it is more than 0.6km away and can't display exact location because of "privacy concerns"....asinine in my opinion.
rijc99 commented:
June 21, 2013, 10:53 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lumpydog View Post
Interestingly, BMW just updated their "Remote" app today, to version 2.5

Sadly, it sounds like a step backward (the unlock feature now requires a call to BMW assist, which is crap)

Not upgrading

What the hell, this completely negates the app. It's a remote app that doesn't act as a remote.
Kzang commented:
June 21, 2013, 12:35 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by rijc99 View Post
What the hell, this completely negates the app. It's a remote app that doesn't act as a remote.
Yup, If you already had the app, just don't update it.
I Love BMW's commented:
June 21, 2013, 12:53 pm

I'd be happy to test the app with my cars that support it.
rijc99 commented:
June 21, 2013, 5:24 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kzang View Post
Yup, If you already had the app, just don't update it.
Too late.
iOS 7 auto updated it for me.

I can delete and install from a backup but the old version doesn't work with iOS7 and the new version is useless. OP, does BMW's implementation of the call in requirement impede your app? Maybe their system no longer allows unlock requests that doesn't originate from their operator input?
adgrant commented:
June 21, 2013, 11:51 pm

I am interested in testing the app but I don't have iOS7, are you willing to share the source code?
rijc99 commented:
June 22, 2013, 12:50 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by adgrant View Post
I am interested in testing the app but I don't have iOS7, are you willing to share the source code?
iOS 7 is still in beta 1 so kind of buggy. Google iOS 7 ipsw or dmg and the download links will pop up. You'll need to register your UDID for the validation to go through when you're installing. If you want to try iOS 7, send me your UDID and I'll add you so your phone will validate.
howiedds commented:
June 22, 2013, 11:21 am

why dont you release to people who are jailbroken to test out.
mettmann commented:
June 22, 2013, 1:07 pm

I'm game - 2011 335is and 2009 X35d
jgchoi commented:
June 23, 2013, 4:17 pm

I would beta as well. Excited about the app!
Kar Don commented:
June 24, 2013, 1:01 am

im interested, what do i have to do?
WWONG commented:
June 24, 2013, 2:14 am

The app is nice, but there's already the free official one from BMW. If you develop it for Android, however, you might be able to sell the app with the same functionality since there's no competition... just sayin'
airmel commented:
June 24, 2013, 10:53 am

I'd be interested in testing too. Does your current version support multiple vehicles (I have two BMW's registered on mine).

Thanks,
Mark
natelyman commented:
June 24, 2013, 11:03 am

I know the existing BMW app is free. I'm not even viewing it as competing with their app. I built it to be an alternative that is easier to use.

As far as multiple cars, it should work. As I only have one vehicle in my Assist account I have no way to confirm. Also, if a car has features outside of my X5, it won't be available until I add it. (Which I am happy to add).

I'm working on adding in iOS 6 support now, when that is done I'll start getting testers and make the app available to them.


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Kzang commented:
June 24, 2013, 11:17 am

The current version is useless now. If you updated to the latest version you have to call BMW to unlock the car?

This new app from what I can understand will have more interesting features.
Keep us updated Natelyman. Thanks
tim330i commented:
June 24, 2013, 11:23 am

With BMW's downgraded features in version 2.5 of My BMW Remote App the timing of this is perfect. Read more about the downgraded features here - http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=704076

I have a 2012 328i, let me know how I can help testing.

Tim
jjrandorin commented:
June 24, 2013, 11:40 am

put me down as someone willing to test. 2013 335i and 2013 Active Hybrid 5.
Bimmermeupscoty commented:
June 24, 2013, 12:42 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by natelyman View Post
better BMW remote appI am definitely considering getting some beta testers as I only have a 2013 X5d, and need other people with different cars to test out additional functionality.http://natelyman.com/the-my-bmw-remo...so-i-fixed-it/_a_
I would be willing to test it. I have a 2013 328i.
howiedds commented:
June 24, 2013, 3:55 pm

put me too as beta tester - 2012 x5d
jenhao commented:
June 24, 2013, 4:50 pm

I would love to test it too, 2013 X6.
delviacv2 commented:
June 24, 2013, 10:28 pm

Put me down as a beta tester, 2011 X5 35d
raqautle commented:
June 25, 2013, 12:36 am

I'd love to get this app when it's released, I don't think I'll be a beta tester
dingular commented:
June 25, 2013, 1:33 am

Can you explain how you're able to do this? Is there a BMW API or something?
rmjames007 commented:
June 25, 2013, 11:15 am

Loos awesome. Good luck
Staszek commented:
June 25, 2013, 7:36 pm

I would love to test 2013 M3
kakalika commented:
June 25, 2013, 9:25 pm

Me too! Me too!! I wanna be a tester!
stahler commented:
June 26, 2013, 11:32 pm

I also am interesting in beta testing....2013 328i...
smuggymba commented:
June 26, 2013, 11:40 pm

Will it work on 2011 X535d which didn't come with BMW Apps OR is this just for iphone?

I'd love to be a beta tester.
Toast. commented:
June 27, 2013, 6:33 am

Any update on the app - if you a tester for 2014 X3 I'm in.
DShatzer commented:
June 28, 2013, 9:24 am

I would be most happy to test.
natelyman commented:
June 28, 2013, 1:00 pm

Sorry for the delay in response. I'm almost done making it fully compatible with iOS 6.

Time to start the beta process, I will be using TestFlight to distribute the app for now.

To officially sign up go here: http://tflig.ht/16EWZHn

If you've never used Test Flight before you'll need to create an account and add a device.

This post will tell you what you need to do http://help.testflightapp.com/custom...to-my-account-

I'll be posting the app to beta testers very soon. So sign up! (Please be advised that I will only accept a limited number at first to make sure everything is working).
delviacv2 commented:
June 28, 2013, 2:17 pm

I'm in!!!!
kakalika commented:
June 28, 2013, 3:36 pm

Me too
smuggymba commented:
June 28, 2013, 4:57 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by natelyman View Post
Sorry for the delay in response. I'm almost done making it fully compatible with iOS 6.

Time to start the beta process, I will be using TestFlight to distribute the app for now.

To officially sign up go here: http://tflig.ht/16EWZHn

If you've never used Test Flight before you'll need to create an account and add a device.

This post will tell you what you need to do http://help.testflightapp.com/custom...to-my-account-

I'll be posting the app to beta testers very soon. So sign up! (Please be advised that I will only accept a limited number at first to make sure everything is working).
Will this work for 2011 X535d which came with No Apps. Do I need BMW Apps to make this work.
windblowlc commented:
June 29, 2013, 1:35 am

I'd love to beta test (2008 X5 3.0si, 2007 Z4M, 2002 330cic) your app.
SonomaDriver commented:
June 29, 2013, 11:57 am

The current app (using a 2011 x5) is utterly useless. If your app will work on a 2011 X5d that doesn't have the BMW Apps option, count me in to help test.
natelyman commented:
June 29, 2013, 2:45 pm

I just sent out the first beta version to 5 testers. Any feedback from the testers will be greatly appreciated to improve the app. If there is a feature that is missing just let me know.

Nate

(I'll invite more soon)
stahler commented:
June 29, 2013, 3:57 pm

Any chance to get the ability to remotely turn on the fan to cool the car interior, or is that capability not provided by the BMW RF link?
SonomaDriver commented:
June 29, 2013, 7:21 pm

Hey Nate: No joy on locking or unlocking on my 2011 x5d. Location svc worked. No other services avail.
natelyman commented:
June 29, 2013, 8:12 pm

@SonomaDriver it's possible that the 2011 lock/unlock command is slightly different than my 2013. I'll do some investigation to see what's going on. I'll keep you posted.

Nate
philooo commented:
June 30, 2013, 6:50 pm

if you need a V8 test , i have a 2011 5.0, no combox, no bmw app option, not sure if that would work ? I assume you need the bmw app to make it work ? or does it rely on bmw assist ?

I mean how does it work ?
smuggymba commented:
June 30, 2013, 9:11 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by natelyman View Post
@SonomaDriver it's possible that the 2011 lock/unlock command is slightly different than my 2013. I'll do some investigation to see what's going on. I'll keep you posted.

Nate
I don't see the app in the testflightapp. Am I in the 5 users you pushed it out too?
KLC commented:
June 30, 2013, 10:38 pm

I have a 335i and I'm interested in beta testing. Heck even if you don't release it I'd be interested in getting it for the apple maps integration.
vercetti0 commented:
July 1, 2013, 3:59 pm

I would like to test the app I have a 2011 335i xdrive coupe
natelyman commented:
July 1, 2013, 6:59 pm

@smuggymba I didn't add you because you didn't have any devices registered.

When I push the next update I'll add you.


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Ali25 commented:
July 2, 2013, 6:49 am

Nate,
you can add me to the list, i have a 2013 740LI
Beemerup commented:
July 2, 2013, 7:36 pm

Too bad you don't have for windows phone.
ImACentric commented:
July 3, 2013, 5:35 pm

I'd like to beta test for you - sounds like you've created a great app to trump the BMW app for sure! I'm already signed up on TestFLight, and I have a 2013 F30 328i xDrive. Thanks!
audioi commented:
July 5, 2013, 3:41 pm

Sorry guys but BMW is so lame here, I can start my car and check stats all from my OnStar car.
KLC commented:
July 5, 2013, 3:42 pm

Anymore betas going out soon?
cravi commented:
July 5, 2013, 4:20 pm

I can help to test. iPhone / Samsung S3
moonriver commented:
July 6, 2013, 9:43 am

Count me in on a test program. It sounds like a great idea.

Jeff
natelyman commented:
July 7, 2013, 5:36 pm

I'll invite more people to the beta this week. I'm trying to add a few more things to the app before releasing it again.
icuc commented:
July 8, 2013, 9:44 am

Were you able to make the lights to flash and honk the horn? I would be interested in beta.
tcfila commented:
July 9, 2013, 11:02 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by natelyman View Post
I'll invite more people to the beta this week. I'm trying to add a few more things to the app before releasing it again.
Would love to beta test.

Tim
Jhoop2002 commented:
July 10, 2013, 1:47 am

I'd love to test as well. I have a 2011 X5 35i.
Btcus commented:
July 11, 2013, 7:16 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by natelyman View Post
Sorry for the delay in response. I'm almost done making it fully compatible with iOS 6.

Time to start the beta process, I will be using TestFlight to distribute the app for now.

To officially sign up go here: http://tflig.ht/16EWZHn

If you've never used Test Flight before you'll need to create an account and add a device.

This post will tell you what you need to do http://help.testflightapp.com/custom...to-my-account-

I'll be posting the app to beta testers very soon. So sign up! (Please be advised that I will only accept a limited number at first to make sure everything is working).
I have created an account and connected my iPhone 5. I have a 2013 x5 50i and would like to participate. Currently there are non apps listed.

Do you have a timeframe on when another app will be pushed out?


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john mclane commented:
July 13, 2013, 10:06 pm

Still on?
650 my12 and x5 5.0 my12
Iphone 5 on ios7 beta 3

Thanks!


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smuggymba commented:
July 17, 2013, 11:18 am

Nate -

I was able to login successfully (2011 X5 35d iPhone5 iOS 6.1.4)

The location was almost correct and off by 70-80 ft and I'm guessing that's because of the location API.

I was NOT able to lock or unlock. The error was - unlock failed.

Thanks for pushing the beta version out to me; it looks much better that the BMW remote app.
Wolfman64 commented:
July 29, 2013, 1:56 am

Very cool.

Have a 2012 750li and like to try the app when you are ready.

I really can't see any reason why BMW could ask Apple to remove it if there is no brand confusion. After all, if it's a RESTful API, the app only gives me a better interface to interact with it using my credentials...
MudyOvl commented:
July 31, 2013, 1:59 pm

Looks like everyone is testing on a 2011 or newer MY vehicle. Is this app compatible with a 2009 X5 35d? Just curious. Thanks.

-Chris D.
KLC commented:
July 31, 2013, 2:31 pm

App won't let me log in. I haven't been as to get past the first screen.
Kzang commented:
July 31, 2013, 2:37 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by MudyOvl View Post
Looks like everyone is testing on a 2011 or newer MY vehicle. Is this app compatible with a 2009 X5 35d? Just curious. Thanks.

-Chris D.
You need BMW connect feature to have this... I think your 2009 does not have it.
CBChess commented:
July 31, 2013, 4:44 pm

@natelyman I would love to test this out. I have a 2014 328i M-Sport. I have iOS 6.1 and I am actually an iOS Dev myself so I could provide some good feedback for you. I requested on testflight from ibradapps (Brad C). Thanks!
Attila13 commented:
July 31, 2013, 9:17 pm

I am interested in testing also if you still have room for more people. I have a 2013 X5
50i.
natelyman commented:
July 31, 2013, 11:38 pm

Sorry for the delay. Have been busy with work. I'm going to try to address the login issues this week/this weekend.


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unknw819 commented:
August 1, 2013, 4:27 pm

Please sir, email me this app! I cannot stand the remote version 2.5.


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BMW603 commented:
August 5, 2013, 3:46 pm

id love it
icuc commented:
August 5, 2013, 5:42 pm

Any comments about this new app? Were you able to flash lights? How about the car location?
thoreaulylazy commented:
August 19, 2013, 2:35 pm

Hey, I'd love to beta test. I have a 2012 328i and I can send you my UDID.
natelyman commented:
September 13, 2013, 2:31 pm

I just did an update that added flashing lights and horn if your Vehicle supports it.

Sign up for testflight and I'll add more testers soon. I was busy the last month or so, now I'm getting back to working on it.

Nate


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delviacv2 commented:
September 13, 2013, 2:46 pm

Quick question, when I log in to my bmw remote app, it gives me an option to choose which of my cars to connect to, as of right now when I log in to your app I can only control my 335d, is there a setting to switch cars?

Delvi.
natelyman commented:
September 13, 2013, 3:03 pm

It doesn't right now. I'll add support for multiple cars.


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delviacv2 commented:
September 13, 2013, 3:04 pm

Thank you Sir!
TxnBluDvl commented:
September 13, 2013, 10:05 pm

Hi Nate,

Would love a copy of this app. Signed up for Test Flight. How do I get you my info?
airmel commented:
September 14, 2013, 12:25 am

Hi Nate,
I'm interested in beta testing. I have a 2012 Z4 and a 2013 X5. Do you support multiple cars yet?

I've signed up for test flight. What is the next step to get involved?

MEL


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smuggymba commented:
September 16, 2013, 11:39 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by natelyman View Post
I just did an update that added flashing lights and horn if your Vehicle supports it.

Sign up for testflight and I'll add more testers soon. I was busy the last month or so, now I'm getting back to working on it.

Nate


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natelyman - did you fix the older bugs since the lock/unlock wasn't working?
sizelove commented:
September 16, 2013, 4:20 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by TxnBluDvl View Post
Hi Nate,

Would love a copy of this app. Signed up for Test Flight. How do I get you my info?
Same here -- I have signed up with TestFlight, just waiting for the opportunity to test your app. I use the BMW one a lot and it is cumbersome. Typically I have to copy an address from the calendar, or on the unique chance it opens within maps, I have to copy from there then paste in the BMW app, find, select to send to car (still faster than typing through the iDrive) but still...hope your app works much better! BTW I have a 2011 M3
Nesta commented:
September 19, 2013, 9:08 pm

I've signed up. Thanks. 2012 X5.
BMW603 commented:
September 24, 2013, 7:23 am

id love a test! 2010 328i and 2013 x5 d
clarksdv2 commented:
September 27, 2013, 7:50 am

I have 2013 X5. Thanks for putting this together.
buylongterm commented:
October 10, 2013, 1:33 pm

edit. Just read they're are major issues with this app. DAMN IT!
mountainman3520 commented:
October 11, 2013, 3:13 pm

Darn, I sure wish I could get a cool Android phone app to link to my BMW X5 2012. Why does BMW hate Android?!?
dlh commented:
October 11, 2013, 4:39 pm

Can I help test as well? 2014 ActiveHybrid3. Wishful thinking but hoping preconditioning can be enabled.


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ckegg commented:
November 3, 2013, 4:58 am

nvm
ckegg commented:
November 3, 2013, 4:58 am

lagging double posted
TinyRK commented:
November 3, 2013, 5:38 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by mountainman3520 View Post
Darn, I sure wish I could get a cool Android phone app to link to my BMW X5 2012. Why does BMW hate Android?!?
BMW hates the US: here is their Android app:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7g...it?usp=sharing
howiedds commented:
November 3, 2013, 12:57 pm

just download "send to car" app for android if you wanna just send map stuff....for the life of me my bmw app wont work anymore even after calling in to reset password...
mcc05 commented:
February 13, 2014, 12:04 pm

natelyman,

Any chance of sharing the REST apis ?
tommyhmpls commented:
February 15, 2014, 3:11 pm

Hi. I signed up for testflight. Would love to test. I have a 2014 320
Henryhg commented:
February 15, 2014, 4:03 pm

Is there still room to test the app? I have a 435i.



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Gary J commented:
February 16, 2014, 10:00 am

Sign me up. 2013 X5
Kzang commented:
February 18, 2014, 1:11 pm

So what is the status on this app?? The original post is over 6 months ago..
unknw1920 commented:
June 2, 2014, 6:24 pm

I would love to have this app.
Hd2000fxdl commented:
June 3, 2014, 7:23 pm

Me to...

Harry
smuggymba commented:
July 31, 2014, 7:09 pm

Nate - Is there any update. I had updated you earlier that it didn't work for me. It just let's me login. Any update on a newer version.
rmjames007 commented:
August 6, 2014, 9:17 pm

Bump

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Parise2713 commented:
August 8, 2014, 11:50 pm

Really like the idea. Would definitely use this when all of the testing is done and it's finalized.
rmjames007 commented:
August 9, 2014, 7:23 am

Kick starter?

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natelyman commented:
August 10, 2014, 5:33 pm

Hey guys,

Sorry I've been AWOL for a while.

Late last year I was close to releasing it to the app store, but I consulted an attorney who advised against it. Technically I wasn't violating BMW's terms and services for their app, but it's definitely a gray area.

There is definitely still a lot of interest for the app. I think I would have to look at giving it away for free on the app store and possibly have some sort of "donation" system built in if you like the app.

The only hard part has been testing. I only have an X5 and I know it works well with my car. But once I opened up testing to multiple cars it was hard to guarantee similar results.

Nate
Jamolay commented:
August 10, 2014, 6:06 pm

I am sure you will have a lot of volunteers to test, and happy to donate!
2014 328xd wagon for one....


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dingular commented:
August 10, 2014, 7:19 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by howiedds View Post
just download "send to car" app for android if you wanna just send map stuff....for the life of me my bmw app wont work anymore even after calling in to reset password...
I used to use the send to car app for iphone but it suddenly quit working as well.

The remote app works flawlessly every time so that's my go-to now.
mayank commented:
November 13, 2014, 10:25 am

Hey Nate,

Will you be willing to share code for the app, I want to port the app to windows phone. Currently windows phone doesn't have any BMW app's and will love to use my phone to control my car.