My BMW Remote App version 2.5 released - Features downgraded

by Tim Jones on June 20, 2013, 12:59 pm
my BMW remote app

BMW has rolled out the latest version of their remote control app, My BMW Remote. Version 2.5 improvements seem to be its weaknesses. Google search results now list addresses in international format, street then house number. US specific address formatting will be coming in a future app update, why this was changed is not clear. In another blow to functionality the app can no longer unlock your BMW. The unlock feature now requires a call to BMW Assist to "reduce unintentional activation". These two updates dramatically reduce the usefulness of an already limited and poorly designed app.



On the plus side BMW did make several tiny improvements -
  • iPhone 5 display adaptations - I can't see the difference
  • Integration of Google Maps SDK - Great, I guess
  • Addition of Dutch language - uitstekend
  • Security question during login is now encrypted - a minor bug fix

If you have not updated your app I suggest retaining the existing version. Hopefully it will retain the unlock and US formatted addresses. For more information on My BMW Remote and the other functionality see the FAQ PDF.

UPDATE: Looking for a BMW remote app that works? Check this out - http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=703707


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24 responses to My BMW Remote App version 2.5 released - Features downgraded

Pappy Pipes commented:
June 20, 2013, 1:01 pm

Just DLd update and still have unlock feature!
jjrandorin commented:
June 20, 2013, 1:55 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pappy Pipes View Post
Just DLd update and still have unlock feature!
Thats wierd, because the change log of the app specifically states what tim posted (thumbnail of change log in the My BMW app in itunes appstore attached). Tim, thanks for the heads up! The app update just showed up on my phone and I normally just update. I certainly will not update in this case (I want to keep the ability to remotely unlock my car myself).
sr5959 commented:
June 20, 2013, 2:19 pm

If you updated and want to go back to the earlier version, just delete the app on your iPhone then reload from the backup on your PC (or Mac). I do this all the time with Tunein radio because they keep releasing updates with bugs.
sr5959 commented:
June 20, 2013, 2:28 pm

I just tried locking using the app, that isn't working either it keeps saying 'session timed out'.

Also I tried the same Google search I did yesterday before the upgrade that is not working very well either.
408Racer commented:
June 20, 2013, 2:52 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
...The unlock feature now requires a call to BMW Assist to "reduce unintentional activation"....



So will a future release further decontent the app to nothing more than a speed dial key to Assist?
rmjames007 commented:
June 20, 2013, 3:48 pm

I have the bootlegged Android My BMW Remote. why are they going backwards?
Bimmermeupscoty commented:
June 20, 2013, 4:27 pm

I suspect that they have had reported incidents/complaints of accidental unlocks.

Of course, that could happen with your key fob too. So, are they going to take away our remotes and require us to call BMW Assist when we want to open our cars?
FrogmanF30 commented:
June 20, 2013, 4:36 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by sr5959 View Post
I just tried locking using the app, that isn't working either it keeps saying 'session timed out'.

Also I tried the same Google search I did yesterday before the upgrade that is not working very well either.
I just tried a door unlock via the old app (version 2.4) and the log shows "Service performed successfully".
sr5959 commented:
June 20, 2013, 6:49 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by FrogmanF30 View Post
I just tried a door unlock via the old app (version 2.4) and the log shows "Service performed successfully".
Yes I will definitely go back to that version tonight. So far I am noticing with the update:

1. Try vehicle unlock it says call BMW Assist

2. Try vehicle lock it says 'session timeout'

3. Enter a destination in Google Search, e.g. Tulio Seattle, it comes up with about 10 destinations most of which do not contain the name 'Tulio'

Don't really care about 1 and 2 but I use 3 all the time.

Well done BMW!!!
lewes2 commented:
June 21, 2013, 10:27 am

Thanks for the heads up. I plan not to update the app.

Why does BMW make things so difficult? The company needs to hire one or two people from Apple to straighten out and make more simple and intuitive the entire iDrive system vis a vis the iPhone! Given the price we paid for our cars, we certainly deserve better.

chuck
rmjames007 commented:
June 21, 2013, 12:40 pm

I am actually dissapointed with BMW and how shoddy thier integration with smartphones has been.
furby076 commented:
June 21, 2013, 3:58 pm

What poor decisions!
alex2364 commented:
June 21, 2013, 7:16 pm

I just got another update for the app and it looks like remote lock/unlock is working again. Maybe BMW listened to us.


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
MMME30W commented:
June 21, 2013, 8:09 pm

^^^ Gah I hope so.

I was at the airport and could not remember if the car was locked, hit the lock button and no problem.

Seriously stupid move by BMW to delete this feature.

BTW how exactly do you 'accidentally' unlock with a password protected app?
Pappy Pipes commented:
June 21, 2013, 9:45 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by jjrandorin View Post
Thats wierd, because the change log of the app specifically states what tim posted (thumbnail of change log in the My BMW app in itunes appstore attached). Tim, thanks for the heads up! The app update just showed up on my phone and I normally just update. I certainly will not update in this case (I want to keep the ability to remotely unlock my car myself).
I hadn't synced the update.
sr5959 commented:
June 22, 2013, 2:36 pm

I'm back to the version which works!!!

Warning to all don't update it completely messes up Google Search so don't do it!


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
Blax commented:
June 23, 2013, 2:02 pm

I gave them a poor review on the app store for this.

Also, it continues to not tell you where you car is located if more than 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) away. Maybe if my phone is in my car, I can track using Find My iPhone? Oh wait...
tim330i commented:
June 24, 2013, 11:24 am

Anyone who's disappointed in the loss of features from BMW should take a look here - http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=703707

Tim
tim330i commented:
June 24, 2013, 11:26 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by alex2364 View Post
I just got another update for the app and it looks like remote lock/unlock is working again. Maybe BMW listened to us.


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
Just upgraded my app to 2.5.1 and it still doesn't let me unlock the car.

Tim
SWMOChris commented:
August 5, 2013, 11:03 pm

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Fireracer commented:
October 31, 2014, 9:45 am

I called BMW ASSIST yesterday. They told me that the lock/unlock feature no longer exists? Is there a work around or programming we can do to fix? Every other luxury model has these options on their apps.
carzaddict commented:
October 31, 2014, 11:14 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fireracer View Post
I called BMW ASSIST yesterday. They told me that the lock/unlock feature no longer exists? Is there a work around or programming we can do to fix? Every other luxury model has these options on their apps.
unlocking is not supported and theres no way around it. sorry
tim330i commented:
October 31, 2014, 12:04 pm

Did you check out the link I posted above?

Tim
rmjames007 commented:
October 31, 2014, 12:23 pm

Has anyone notice that the send to car feature in Google maps hasn't been working recently